Manitoba’s police watchdog agency the Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) has laid charges against a Winnipeg Police Service officer in relation to a December 31, 2018 arrest.
The IIU says that Cst. Matthew Middleton was informed of the charge on September 18, 2019 after a lengthy investigation into the events surrounding the arrest.
Investigators say that on the day in question officers were called to a break-in in progress on Boyd Avenue. A 47-year-old male was arrested at the scene. The officers allegedly used force during the arrest after which the suspect complained of soreness to his ribs.
Medical personnel at Seven Oaks hospital diagnosed the male with broken ribs and a punctured lung.
IIU Civilian Director Zane Tessler has concluded in consultation with Manitoba Prosecution Services that there are reasonable and probable grounds to believe a criminal offence occurred.
Middleton will appear in court on November 13, 2019 to answer to the charges.
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