An violent RCMP arrest that saw a suspect run down and had a police dog set on him is being investigated by the Alberta police watchdog.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has been directed to investigate a June 4 RCMP arrest in Red Deer, during which a 28-year-old man sustained a serious injury.
“On June 4, at about 1:10 p.m., members of the Red Deer RCMP observed a vehicle displaying a licence plate that did not match the vehicle. Police attempted a traffic stop; however, the vehicle failed to stop and fled at a high rate of speed,” ASIRT said in a Tuesday release.
“Officers did not pursue the vehicle at that time, but later located the same vehicle and initiated a pursuit. The pursuit crossed into a park area, where the subject vehicle was observed driving on sidewalks and walking paths. After officers immobilized the vehicle with a spike belt, the driver, a 28-year-old man, attempted to flee on foot.
“As the man attempted to flee, an unmarked RCMP SUV made contact with him, knocking him to the ground. The man quickly got to his feet, continued to flee from police, and jumped into the river.
“The man was removed from the river with assistance of a police service dog, and apprehended by RCMP officers. Once in custody, it was determined that the man had sustained serious injury to both legs.”
ASIRT investigators are asking anyone who was in Michener Bend Park at the time of the incident and observed or recorded video of the events to contact investigators at 403-592-4306.
“ASIRT’s investigation will examine the conduct of police during this incident, while the RCMP will maintain responsibility for the investigation into the man and his actions. With ASIRT’s investigation underway, no further information will be released at this time,” the release said.
ASIRT announced last week they are investigating the violent arrest of Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in March as he sat outside a casino in a truck with his wife in Fort McMurray.
Adams said the incident happened over an alleged expired licence plate.
As the RCMP begin to arrest Adam’s wife, the chief leaves the truck from the passenger side.
In the video, an RCMP officer is seen hitting Adam with a flying clothesline tackle.
The video then shows both officers on Adam and the officer who tackled him punches him while yelling “don’t resist.”
“What the f***’s wrong with you guys,” Adam is heard saying before he emerges from the ground with a bloody face and with the officers holding him.
“You know you f***ing did the wrong thing — you know that?”
Adam said: “We (Indigenous people) are a minority, and nobody speaks up for us. Every time our people do wrong, the RCMP… they always seem to use excessive force. And that has to stop.”
An affidavit filed in court along with the video quotes the notes of Const. Simon Seguin, the CBC reported.
“I charged at the male [Adam] with the intention of bringing him to the ground,” Seguin wrote in his notes.
“I struck the male as he tried to come up. He turned on his right side. I struck him using my right hand on his right side of the face.
“I wrapped my hand [left arm] around his jaw and started squeezing.”
RCMP charged Adam with one count each of resisting arrest and assaulting a peace officer. He is to appear in court July 2.
Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard