SIU clears two Thunder Bay police officers after suspect injured during bar brawl

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THUNDER BAY, Ont. — Ontario's police watchdog has cleared two Thunder Bay officers after a man was hurt during his arrest.

The Special Investigations Unit says the officers were dispatched to a tavern to investigate a disturbance.

They walked in on a brawl, ordered the combatants to stand down, then intervened to pull them apart.

The SIU says the unruly crowd of patrons turned on the officers.

A 27-year-old man was arrested and taken to hospital with cuts to his leg and buttock.

The SIU s director says the officers did not cause his injuries, and their conduct was lawful.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 22, 2021.

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