SIU charges OPP officer with assault after incident at police station

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Ontario's police watchdog has charged a provincial police officer with assault after an incident at a police station that sent a woman to hospital.

The Special Investigations Unit says the altercation happened in September 2019, after the 43-year-old woman was arrested by OPP officers and taken to the Orillia detachment.

The SIU says there was an interaction between the officer and the woman in a cell at the detachment.

It says that the woman was taken to hospital for treatment and was diagnosed with a serious injury two days later when she returned to the hospital.

The SIU has charged OPP Const. Bailey Nicholls with one count of assault causing bodily harm.

It says the officer is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 9.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 19, 2021.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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