Ottawa Police kept in touch with management of the Philadelphia Flyers about the arrest of captain Claude Giroux on Canada Day.
Police sent out an internal memo Wednesday to Ottawa media outlets by mistake, and in it, they outlined the number of media from Canada and the U.S. who contacted them about Giroux's arrest. 16 different organizations reached out to Ottawa Police, including major U.S. TV networks.
The memo said Police did not confirm the arrest to media, and then mentioned an officer had contacted Flyers GM Ron Hextall, and the team's head of communications, to inform them that Giroux would not be charged and police would continue to tell media they could "neither confirm nor deny the subject of a police investigation unless charges were laid."
It is typical for police to refuse to confirm or deny arrests in cases under investigation, or in which charges have yet to be laid.
The 26-year-old Giroux, a native of Hearst, Ontario, was arrested in the Byward Market on Canada Day, after reportedly grabbing the buttocks of a policeman. He was held overnight, and left early Wednesday morning. He was not charged.