Oct 09, 2013
By Michael Kramer
This summer a Peel police officer was charged with criminal wrongdoing after an 80-year-old woman was Tasered during an incident in Mississauga.
Today SIU director Ian Scott ruled that there were no reasonable grounds to charge the officer with an offence.
Two witnesses tesitified that they were driving along Thomas Street when they saw 80 year old Iole Pasquale wielding a large knife.
Attending officers demanded that she drop the knife -but she refused.
An S-I-U report says – following a brief struggle, the officer Tasered her – causing the woman to fall.
She was taken to a local hospital for a mental health assessment and was diagnosed with a fractured hip.
Scott’s ruling says the police had the lawful authority to apprehend Pasquale under the Mental Health Act and the officers could reasonably conclude that she suffered from a mental disorder and may have caused serious bodily harm to herself or others.