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SIU says bystander arrested during G20 protest likely not injured by police

G20 demonstration on Queen St. W. June 26, 2010. Image courtesy of REUTERS.

Ontario’s police watchdog has concluded no Toronto police officers committed a criminal offence when a bystander was injured while being arrested during G20 protests.

The Special Investigations Unit says Canute Fernandes fell to the ground after being overrun by a crowd as police moved in on protesters last June 10. He told CityNews.ca he was not part of the group, but lives in the area.

After his arrest, Fernandes was taken to hospital for treatment of a fractured arm and shoulder.

An initial investigation in November could not determine whether the man’s injuries were caused by police or protesters.

The SIU reopened the case after being made aware of video evidence in February, and the agency made an appeal for more witnesses to come forward.

Director Ian Scott says no new witnesses came forward, and the SIU investigation has determined Fernandes’ injuries were likely not caused by police.