Peel Regional Police Officer Facing Assault Charges
(21 July, 2021) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe that a Peel Regional Police officer committed criminal offences in the arrest of a 22-year-old man in Mississauga in May 2021.
The SIU investigation determined that on May 5, 2021 at about 5 p.m., officers responded to a 911 call about a suspected impaired driver parked on Duval Drive. During the man’s arrest, he was seriously injured.
As a result of the SIU investigation, Cst. Kevin Arnem is charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm, contrary to s. 267(b) of the Criminal Code and one count of assault with a weapon, contrary to s. 267(a) of the Criminal Code.
The officer is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 7755 Hurontario Street in Brampton on August 13, 2021.
As the matter is before the courts, and in consideration of the fair trial interests of the accused, the SIU will not provide further comment on the investigation.
The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must
- consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
- depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
- publicly report the results of its investigations
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