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Ontario’s police watchdog charges Durham officer with assault

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OSHAWA, Ont. — The province’s police watchdog has charged a police officer east of Toronto with assault.

The director of the Special Investigations Unit says he has reasonable grounds to believe a Durham regional police officer committed a criminal offence after an arrest of a 25-year-old man.

The SIU says Durham regional police officers were dispatched to the Atria Bar and Grill on Oct. 25, 2020 for a reported fight.

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It says the 25-year-old man was injured when he was arrested.

Const. Michael Marriott faces one count of assault causing bodily harm and is to appear in court on June 9.

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The SIU is an arm’s-length agency that investigates reports of death, injury, sexual assault or the discharge of a firearm involving a police officer.

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