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An officer who detained an agitated man for causing a disturbance wasn't at fault for an injury he suffered in a jail cell, the provincial police watchdog said Monday.
The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba concluded the suspect was to blame for his injured wrist. The findings were released Monday, following an investigation into the incident from last December.
The IIU was called in to investigate the actions of a Dakota Ojibway Police Service officer when a suspect was apprehended on Dec. 3, 2016, and taken to the local detachment on the Long Plain First Nation.
The man, who was described as intoxicated and belligerent, was removed from a home on the First Nation for punching holes into a wall. He remained belligerent in custody and wrapped items of clothing around his neck several times. A female Dakota Ojibway police officer removed the items, going into the suspect's cell on five occasions.
He was observed "continuously" punching at the cell door and window.
Later in that night, he complained of pain in his hand and elbow and was taken to hospital where it was determined he had fractured his right hand.
Investigators reviewed video surveillance of the man was held in custody.
"They showed no instance of the officer using any excessive or unnecessary force," the IIU said Monday. An external expert, a physician, also reviewed the video and found nothing to suggest the injury was inflicted on the suspect.
"The man's own conduct was solely responsible for his injuries, which were unrelated to anything done or force used by the officer," the IIU said in a statement.
The IIU is a provincial agency that investigates complaints, including incidents of injury or death, against police officers whether they are on or off duty.
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