Edmonton, Alberta – On July 28, 2017, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate circumstances surrounding the arrest of a 21-year-old man that resulted in an orbital bone fracture.
In the evening of July 25, 2017, Edmonton Police Service (EPS) officers, with the assistance of the EPS helicopter Air 1, began following what was believed to be a stolen vehicle. When the vehicle they were following travelled outside Edmonton city limits and into Strathcona County, local Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were notified and assisted in attempting to immobilize the vehicle with the use of a spike belt and the subsequent arrest of the driver. Having driven over the spike belt, the vehicle continued travelling off and back on to the road, striking things, until it came to a stop. The driver exited the vehicle and was arrested. It was later determined that the man had sustained serious injury to his face.
ASIRT’s investigation will focus on police conduct as it relates to the circumstances surrounding the arrest of the 21-year-old man. The RCMP and EPS will each have continued responsibility for the investigation into the conduct of the 21-year-old man within their jurisdiction.
As ASIRT’s investigation is ongoing, no further information will be released until it is completed. 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.
Alberta Serious Incident Response Team