Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – The Saskatoon Police Service is aware of a video posted online today involving one of our members that had attended a call for service on July 4, 2020, regarding suspicious behaviour. Not all of the interaction is recorded on the posted video, but use of force is captured. During the arrest and following a several minute struggle with the first responding officer, the arrested subject sustained non-life threatening injury to his face. He was assessed by paramedics at the scene of his arrest, and was observed while in custody by the on-duty paramedic in detention.
Given our commitment to be transparent, the SPS is treating this as a critical and serious incident. Chief Cooper has confirmed that the Saskatchewan Public Complaints Commission will be responsible for an independent investigation and has spoken to the Ministry of Justice and also the Ministry of Corrections and Policing about ensuring there is appropriate oversight.
The officer involved has been placed on leave until an initial review of his response and use of force can be completed. The effects of addictions and related mental health issues were present during the incident and this will form part of the investigation as well. “I recognize this incident was a traumatic event for our community, for those involved and for those who witnessed it, said Chief Cooper.” Whenever force is used we are accountable and I want to assure the public that this is being taken seriously and we will do our utmost to be open and transparent as the investigation unfolds.”
Updates will be provided as the review takes place.
Saskatoon Police Service
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