Statements from CPS and Sgt. Harnett's Spouse
In response to a number of inquiries following the court appearance of Amir Abdulrahman, charged in the murder of Sgt. Andrew Harnett, the following statements are being released on behalf of the Calgary Police Service and Sgt. Harnett's family.
On behalf of Chelsea, Sgt. Harnett's spouse:
It goes without saying that I am deeply disappointed in the fractured judicial system which has allowed for such callous, criminal actions to result in this plea decision to a lesser charge of Manslaughter. However, there is no criminal charge or sentence strong enough to account for the complete devastation and tragedy we have endured, and will continue to deal with for the rest of our lives. Instead, we choose to focus on celebrating the incredible man Andrew was, and the meaningful legacy he leaves behind.
I’d like to thank the Calgary Police Service and the Crown Prosecutor’s office for their diligence in their investigation and establishing a strong case, in addition to their ongoing support as we have navigated this difficult year.
On behalf of the Calgary Police Service, we provide the following statement:
Over the past year we have seen time and time again the impact Sgt. Harnett had on our community, his colleagues and his loved ones. His loss is felt as deeply within our organization today as it was a year ago and we are grateful for the outpouring of support we have received.
Today’s guilty plea by the adult passenger accused in his case brings us one step closer to a resolution. Given this matter remains before the court on sentencing, and a trial for the youth driver is still to come, we are unable to provide any further comment at this time.