Police Horse Injury in Convoy Demonstration Too Minor to Investigate, SIU Says


The Ontario police watchdog has closed its investigation into an interaction between a police horse and a woman at the convoy protest in Ottawa because her injury was not serious enough to fall within the jurisdiction of the police. ‘organization.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said in a press release Monday that the 49-year-old woman suffered a “sprained shoulder” after having an “interaction” with a mounted police officer from the police department. Toronto over the past weekend with protesters occupying downtown streets.

She was among a group of protesters on Rideau Street outside the Fairmont Chateau Laurier on the evening of Feb. 18 when officers on horseback rode into the crowd to create distance between protesters and police, the statement said.

A horse near the edge of the unit “contacted” a man and a woman, knocking them to the ground. Officers on foot surrounded the two – as did the protesters – and the woman was helped to her feet, according to the SIU.

The woman went to Montfort Hospital and two days later to Lennox & Addington County General Hospital with shoulder pain, the SIU said.

The incident sparked false rumors that a woman was trampled by a horse.

The SIU opened the investigation after she claimed she had been seriously injured, according to a statement released in late February. The investigation revealed that she had not suffered any fractures or serious injuries.

Joseph Martino, the SIU director, decided to close the case after the unit interviewed her and reviewed her medical records, as well as police footage taken by drones and body-worn cameras. body.

“As the woman did not sustain a ‘serious injury’ under the terms of the SIU’s mandate, the SIU does not have legal jurisdiction to investigate the matter, and the matter is closed,” the official said. Monday press release.

The SIU has referred the matter to Toronto police for further investigation, “as they deem appropriate.”