Manitoba’s police watchdog investigating after man taken to hospital by police ends up with skull fracture

Manitoba’s police watchdog — the Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba (IIU) — says it is investigating events surrounding an injury sustained by a man while in police custody on May 11.

The IIU says it received a report from the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) on May 12 about an arrest that occurred at 11:55 p.m. on May 11.

The report indicated that officers responded to an assault along Main Street.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found a man with a laceration on his head, sleeping on the ground, and called for an ambulance.

Paramedics took the man to hospital, which is where the man then attempted to assault an officer.

Police note a brief-use-of-force happened following the attempted assault.

It was later determined the man had suffered a skull fracture, and WPS informed the IIU of the injuries.

The IIU has not confirmed at this time if the skull fracture occurred from the police use-of-force, or from the earlier assault.

Investigators are asking if anyone has any information regarding events surrounding the assault, to contact the IIU at 1-844-667-6060. 

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