UPDATE: Lethbridge Police statement regarding ASIRT investigation

Lethbridge, Alberta – The Lethbridge Police Service and the Lethbridge Police Commission Public Complaints Director are receiving a significant volume of calls and currently has a large backlog of voicemails, emails and social media messages regarding the video of an officer and an injured deer.

We understand this situation is extremely upsetting to the community and those who have viewed the video have been deeply impacted. LPS takes this matter very seriously and can assure the public the incident is under full investigation by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team with the assistance of both Alberta Fish and Wildlife and the Alberta SPCA.

While we appreciate the many concerns that have been expressed to us, regrettably we do not have the capacity to respond directly to every individual call and message.

We are asking the public to exercise patience to allow the independent investigation by ASIRT to progress without interference. Once the investigation has been completed, ASIRT will report publicly on the matter including a review of the evidence and any determinations made.

In order to protect the integrity of the ongoing ASIRT investigation, the Lethbridge Police Service and Lethbridge Police Commission are not permitted to comment further.

Any members of the public who may have directly witnessed or recorded any portion of the incident is asked to contact ASIRT at 403-592-4306.

Lethbridge Police Service

BACKGROUND

Lethbridge, Alberta – That Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is investigating an incident involving the actions of a Lethbridge Police officer who used his service vehicle to euthanize an injured deer.

Late in the day on January 7, 2019 LPS was contacted by a local media agency after a citizen submitted a video that shows an on-duty officer using a police truck to drive over an injured deer along the 1600 block of Scenic Drive South in an effort to euthanize it.

After reviewing the video Chief Rob Davis notified the Director of Law Enforcement and an independent ASIRT investigation was subsequently directed.

ASIRT Investigation
File Photo – ASIRT Investigation

“After watching the video I understand the concerns people have and I can assure the community we take this incident very seriously,” said Chief Rob Davis. “Transparency is paramount to the public’s trust and confidence in the police service and I welcome this independent investigation.”

The ASIRT investigation will review the officer’s actions as well as LPS policy and procedures for responding to injured animal calls.

The officer involved will remain assigned to regular duties while the investigation is completed.

ASIRT has jurisdiction over all sworn police officers in Alberta. Their mandate is to investigate incidents or complaints involving serious injury or the death of any person, and matters of a serious or sensitive nature, that may have resulted from the actions of a police officer.

Lethbridge Police Service



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