St. Thomas cop charged after SIU probe

An investigation by Ontario’s police watchdog has led to charges against a St Thomas police officer.

A special investigation team was called to St Thomas on 1 September after a man wanted on multiple warrants was arrested and injured. The 29-year-old was seen by police but left on a bicycle. He finally put down the bike and ran. The police caught up with the man and arrested him.

“The man sustained injuries during his arrest,” police said. “As a result, the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) was notified and invoked their investigative mandate.”

Constable Sean James has now been charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm.

Police said James will remain on active duty as a canine handler while the case progresses through court.

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