Calgary, AB,

ASIRT investigates use of force incident

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating alleged use of force used by a member of the Calgary Police Service this weekend.

In the early hours of Sunday, March 20, 2022, an individual was arrested on outstanding warrants and transported to the Arrest Processing Section. During the booking process a struggle with the arrestee ensued where force was used by an officer.

The 25-year-old was checked by a medic on scene, and it was determined that the detainee should be sent to hospital to be cleared to be fit for cells.

The detainee was transported to hospital and released back to police custody later the same day. At approximately 11 p.m., on Sunday, March 20, the person was seen on CCTV to suffer what appeared to be a seizure in their cell. Medical assistance was provided and they were transported back to hospital by police.

The detainee was treated and remains in hospital in stable condition.

The duty status of the officer is being reviewed, but he is currently working in an administrative role. He has been a member with the Service for eight years.

Given the use of force contact with police prior to the seizure, a 46.1 notification was conducted to the Alberta Director of Law Enforcement. The matter is now being investigated by ASIRT.