Hamilton Police Chief Makes Statement Regarding the Arrest of Media Members

Statement from Chief of Police Eric Girt – Hamilton Police Service

 

In the early evening hours of Tuesday, May 16, 2017, members of the Hamilton Police Service and other emergency personnel were dispatched and responded to investigate a report of a serious motor vehicle collision involving a child in Waterdown Ontario. It became apparent that the child was suffering from life-threating injuries.  Ultimately, the 10 year old girl succumbed to her injuries.

 

This is a tragic incident for the family and the entire community.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the child at this time.

 

During the scene management of this fatal motor vehicle collision investigation, there were interactions between a member of the Hamilton Police Service and members of the media responding to the scene.  As a result of these interactions, two individuals were arrested.  One of the individuals was released unconditionally, while another was charged with Obstruct a Peace Officer and Resisting Arrest.  First appearance is scheduled for June 15, 2017 at 9:00 am at the John Sopinka Courthouse Room #100.  As the matter is now before the courts, no further comment will be made in order to respect the court proceedings.

 

As Chief of Police, I take the arrest of any member of the media seriously.  As a result, I am reviewing this incident in the context of what transpired yesterday.

 

I encourage anyone who has information or evidence pertaining to the collision investigation or subsequent events to come forward with that information or evidence.

 

Information relating to the collision should be sent to Detective Matt Hewko by phone at 905-546-4755.  Information relating to subsequent events should be sent to Detective Dave Beech by phone at 905-546-3851.

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