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ASIRT Investigates CPS Use of Force Incident

On July 31, 2016, the Calgary Police Service (CPS) reported to the Acting Director of Law Enforcement (A/DLE) an incident under s. 46.1 of the Police Act, as required, where serious injury had been suffered by a man during the course of his arrest. CPS was directed to maintain conduct of the matter. During the course of their review of the incident, CPS In-Car Digital Video (ICDV) was viewed that raised additional concerns about the incident. As such, CPS again contacted the A/DLE with additional information that resulted in a direction that the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) assume conduct of the investigation into the incident.

On July 30, 2016 at approximately 8:50pm, a CPS officer followed a white SUV with an obscured license plate into a parking lot and activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop. The driver of the SUV exited the vehicle and began running from the officer. A brief foot pursuit occurred with several other CPS members responding to the location to assist. The 34-year-old man was located a short distance away in the area of 6700 block of Macleod Trail S. and arrested. Following his arrest the man was transported to hospital and admitted after it was determined he had sustained broken ribs and a collapsed right lung.

ASIRT continues its investigation into the officers’ actions; and as such, no further information will be released at this time.

ASIRT’s mandate is to effectively, independently, and objectively investigate incidents involving Alberta’s police that have resulted in serious injury or death to any person, as well as serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct.

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