Calgary, AB,

Calgary Police member charged with aggravated assault

A six-year-member of the Calgary Police Service has been charged with aggravated assault in relation to an on-duty incident in 2015.

On Monday, May 25, 2015, police were called to a home in the 700 block of 9 Street S.W., for reports that a man had broken into his ex-girlfriend’s residence and stolen a number of items. The man was located nearby and placed under arrest. He was subsequently transported downtown to the CPS Court Services Section.

At approximately 9:55 p.m., the officers pulled into the parking lot behind CSS and removed the man from the back of the marked police vehicle. At this time an altercation took place between one of the officers and the man, resulting in the man being thrown to the ground while handcuffed. He received serious head injuries as a result. The man was taken to hospital where he later recovered from his injuries.

The incident was captured on multiple CCTV cameras. The Director of Law Enforcement and ASIRT were notified by CPS the day after and subsequently directed the CPS Professional Standards Section to continue with the investigation. A report was approved by ASIRT on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, and forwarded to the Edmonton Crown Prosecutors Office on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.

The member is on administrative leave and their status will be continually reviewed.

The man who was under arrest at the time of the incident was charged with one count of break and enter and three counts of breach of a recognizance order.