A man who died in Calgary police custody on the morning of May 1 had been tased while police officers arrested him. Police had engaged in a struggle with the man. It is reported that a canine unit was present during the arrest.
Deputy Chief Ryan Ayliffe said that the victim, reported to be a man in his 40s, was rushed to hospital in life-threatening condition.
Police were allegedly responding to a “targeted hit and run.”
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in Alberta, is investigating the circumstances surrounding the man’s death, including the cause of death and what happened during the struggle. It has been reported that six officers, five from patrol and one from the canine unit, are currently being interviewed by ASIRT. The officers involved have been given a 30-day administrative leave.
Devlin Kyle Neyando has been identified as the 26-year-old man who was shot and killed by Edmonton police on January 2, 2019. Neyando was originally from Fort McPherson in the Northwest Territories and had been living in Edmonton since his early teens. He was shot by police outside an apartment in the city’s Gold Bar neighborhood.
Edmonton police shot and killed a 26-year-old man in the evening of January 2, committing the first known police killing of a civilian in 2019. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) reports that the police were first called to the area where the killing occurred at around 2:30 PM in response to an alleged assault inside a residence in the area of 47th Street and 101A Avenue. Five warrants for a man’s arrest were issued on several charges including assault causing bodily harm and unlawful confinement.
Later that evening, at around 9 PM, police returned to the area and, with the assistance of a canine unit, officers surrounded the residence. They claim they received a tip that the man had returned to the same apartment and broken in. When the man stepped outside, officers discharged their weapons, striking the man who died at the scene.
No further details have been released publicly at this point. None of the claims made by police have been independently confirmed publicly.
This is the second killing of a civilian by Edmonton police in about a week. On Boxing Day Edmonton police shot and killed Buck Evans.
Edmonton police shot and killed a 34-year-old man who has been identified by family as Buck Evans on Boxing Day in southeast Edmonton. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, has said that the fatal interaction began with a police traffic stop. It ended with police firing several rounds, striking and killing the victim who was pronounced dead shortly after 2:45 PM.
A witness, Dustin Waterson used his phone to record part of the interaction. That video records more than 30 gunshots. Waterson expressed shock at the number of shots fired by police and the fact that officers fired directly toward an apartment complex putting residents at great risk.
In an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) Waterson said: “Far too many as far as I’m concerned. It’s one thing for cops to get the bad guys, or whatever you want to call them, but it’s the fact that they were shooting towards the apartment building” (quoted in Cummings 2018).
Buck Evans was father to a young son.
Cummings, Madeleine. 2018. “Man Killed by Police on Boxing Day Fired Gun, ASIRT Says.” CBC News December 28. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/man-killed-boxing-day-fired-gun-asirt-investigation-condo-1.4961031
Calgary Police Service officers shot and killed a woman, said to be in her thirties, in the early morning hours of Christmas 2018. The woman was shot by an officer with around 10 years on the force some time after 2:30 AM on McKnight Boulevard near 68th Street NE. Police report that they had undertaken an hours long vehicle chase of the woman before stopping her vehicle and killing her near the northeast community of Falconridge. Details of the lethal interaction have not been disclosed publicly. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the unit that examines cases of police harm to civilians in Alberta, is investigating the killing. An autopsy has been scheduled for December 26.
A 23-year-old man was found unresponsive in an Edmonton police holding cell around 7:40 AM and was pronounced dead in hospital at about 2 PM on Friday, November 30, 2018. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, is investigating.
The man had been arrested for allegedly uttering threats and being unlawfully in a house. Police have not said if charges were laid or pending.
Few other details have been released publicly, including the name of the victim or the officers involved.
Calgary police shot and killed a man reported to be experiencing a mental heath crisis near in a northeast neighborhood of the city. The killing occurred at around 3:45 AM.
Police involvement with the man is said to have begun at around 10 AM in response to calls about a disturbance of some kind at a gym in the 2600 block of Country Hills Boulevard NE. While people involved had left one man was alleged to be circling the gym in his vehicle. Police closed the gym and the man allegedly drove off into a residential area, pursued by police.
Police followed the man until he stopped and entered a residence in Redstone. While the man was inside police allegedly tried to speak with the man. After doing a background check they came to believe the man was experiencing a mental health crisis. They towed his car and left at around 2:20 AM.
Shortly thereafter police allegedly received a noise complaint about loud music coming from the home and say they tried to speak with the man by phone. Officers patrolling the area apparently “encountered” the man at 3:45 AM near Redstone Drive and Redstone Street NE.
There police fired ARWEN (plastic projectile launcher) rounds at the man and he was eventually struck by a round or rounds from an officer’s handgun.
Few details have been released publicly. The claims made by police have not been independently confirmed publicly. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, is investigating.
Calgary police have a grim history of killing civilians. In 2016 they killed 10 people, more than any other municipal force in Canada.