“I’ve seen the videos of the violent arrest on Dunlop Street. This will be fully investigated. I won’t be ignoring this, and once we have all the details, there will be full accountability.” – Mayor Jeff Lehman
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will conduct an investigation into the Dunlop Street arrest and conduct of a Barrie Police Service officer that took place on Thursday.
The OPP Professional Standards Unit will be conducting the investigation. Anyone who was present at the time of the occurrence is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
“In an effort to ensure the process is transparent and accountable I have asked the Ontario Provincial Police to conduct the investigation into the events that took place in Barrie on February 4,” said Barrie Chief of Police Kimberley Greenwood.
“I acknowledge the public’s concerns being expressed based on the limited availability of information at this time. I want to assure the community that any findings of misconduct will be pursued. I remain dedicated and supportive of our Service and the continued professionalism of our members during times when our actions are questioned.”
A video posted to FaceBook shows an interaction with Barrie police and a man who is heard on the video saying he is 20 years old. He was charged with Cause Disturbance and Assault with Attempt to Resist Arrest and released on a Promise to Appear and an Undertaking.
Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman commented on the incident on FaceBook, saying: “I’ve seen the videos of the violent arrest on Dunlop Street. This will be fully investigated. I won’t be ignoring this, and once we have all the details, there will be full accountability.”