Hamilton man ‘seriously injured’ after striking a case of beer; police watchdogs close investigation

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Published August 16, 2023 at 5:13 pm

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In a recent update, the Special Investigations Unit said it has chosen to terminate an investigation into an incident involving a 51-year-old who fractured his pinky finger in Hamilton.

The incident occurred on April 18, when officers from the Hamilton Police Service responded to a call from a resident on Sherman Ave N.

The caller reported that he and a female acquaintance had been threatened with a knife by a man known to them.

Subsequent police action led to the arrest of the individual at his residence and he was taken into custody without any confrontations.

However, following his arrest, he was transported to a hospital where medical professionals diagnosed him with a fracture of his right pinky finger.

SIU director Joseph Martino confirmed on Wednesday(Aug. 16) that they have discontinued the case after it was determined that the man didn’t sustain the injuries due to police intervention.

Rather, it emerged that “he had injured his right hand while striking a case of beer at the Sherman Ave. N. residence before departing.”

Given these circumstances, Director Martino from SIU decided not to further investigate this incident.

“As there was no basis to believe that the police had inflicted a serious injury.”

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