SIU clears Brantford police of wrongdoing after man jumped from hospital parking garage

The SIU has ended its investigation into the injuries sustained by a 43-year-old Brantford man.

It says on Feb. 7, the man was admitted to hospital under the Mental Health Act, but he fled and ran to the hospital parking garage.

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When police arrived, the Special Investigations Unit says the man ran to the opposite side of the parking garage and jumped, falling four storeys to the ground below.

SIU director Tony Loparco said, “It is apparent that the man was solely responsible for his injuries.”

He added, “There is no evidence to suggest that his reason for jumping from a parking structure or his injuries were caused by the acts or omissions of any police officer. As such, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”

In an unrelated case, the SIU says police are not to blame for a man’s injuries during an interaction with Brantford officers last month.

The Special Investigations Unit says a 31-year-old man was arrested at a home by Hamilton Police regarding a domestic assault on February 23 and was taken to the Brantford Police station.

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The man complained of a head injury and he was taken to hospital, where he was diagnosed with a subdural hemorrhage.

The SIU says “police officers did not cause or contribute to the man’s injury — adding the injury was related to an altercation at a bar that had occurred shortly prior to his arrest.”

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