Category Archives: Alberta

Plainclothes Calgary Police Officer Shoots and Kills Man (April 9, 2018)

An on-duty plainclothes officer of the Calgary Police Sevice shot and killed a man, said to be in his late-twenties, in the Bridgeland neighborhood late in the evening of April 9, 2018. Initial reports say the killer cop was on his break when he encountered the victim near the intersection of 2 Avenue and 6 Street Northeast in the city’s northeast at around 11:30 PM. During the encounter the officer discharged his firearm striking and killing the man. The victim was declared dead at the scene. The shooting took place near a playground.

The killer cop is said to be an 11-year veteran of the Calgary Police service. He has been placed on 30-day administrative leave.

Tellingly, Lee Kaminski, president of the Calgary Police Association, has  commended the killer cop, who remains unnamed publicly.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), which examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, is investigating the killing.

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Fatality Inquiry into Killing of Annie Walden (84) by Constable Chris Luimes Makes Recommendations

On March 8, 2012, killer cop Constable Chris Luimes crashed into a car driven by 84-year-old Annie Waldren while speeding to a non-emergency call, killing the Edmonton woman. Luimes was driving at almost 120 kilometers per hour at the time of the collision.

On April 9, 2018, a fatality inquiry into the killing, under provincial court judge Carrie Sharpe, released its recommendations. They call for longer probation periods for new police officers in Alberta. The inquiry suggests that police agencies should institute a probationary period of three months, six months, and one year to evaluate the driving habits of new recruits on an ongoing basis. It also called for removal of any officer where performance or safety concerns are identified by supervisors.

After the killing, Luimes was charged with dangerous driving causing death but a judge decided there was not enough evidence to convict him. The state protects the state in such cases. At a disciplinary hearing Luimes was found guilty of discreditable conduct in the crash. Edmonton police Superintendent Brad Doucette and the investigating officer for the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) were the only witnesses to testify at the inquiry on March 14, 2017. As a result an inquiry scheduled for two days was completed in fewer than three hours.

Killer cop Luimes is still employed by the Edmonton Police Service but longer works on the streets. The state protects the state and killer cops maintain their employment.


Alberta RCMP Shoot and Kill Adam Bettahar (21) Outside Edmonton (March 29, 2018)

Alberta RCMP shot and killed 21-year-old Abderrahmane (Adam) Bettahar outside Edmonton following a multi-vehicle chase on the evening of March 29, 2018. Bettahar was a suspect in the death of 22-year-old Nadia El-Dib on March 25 in Calgary. No cause of death or motive in the death of El-Dib has been released publicly.

According to the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians, police identified Bettahar’s vehicle in Evansburg, Alberta, around 5:15 PM on Thursday, March 29. RCMP from various areas, Evansburg, Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, Edson, and Drayton Valley, chased the vehicle back and forth on Highway 16 between Evansburg and Entwistle. The driver apparently managed to avoid several spike belts deployed by the RCMP before the vehicle’s tires were deflated near Nojack, Alberta, about 100 kilometres west of Edmonton.

An interaction, said by ASIRT to be a shootout, resulted in the death of Bettahar. A cop was injured with non-life-threatening injuries, the source of which has not been confirmed. One witness has reported hearing 30 to 40 gunshots. Another reported hearing about 20 gunshots.

 


ASIRT Investigating Death of Man During Police Encounter in Abbeydale, Northeast Calgary (Mar. 27, 2018)

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating after a person, alleged to be a suspect in the shooting of a Calgary police officer, was found dead inside a house in which police had contained the person in the northeast Calgary neighborhood of Abbeydale. It has been reported that officers responded to an area near Abingdon Way NE at around 9:30 AM, March 27, on calls about a suspicious male. Near noon, there were reports of a shooting. In an update at 1:32 PM, Calgary police said that a “suspect” was found dead and they are not looking for any other suspects. The cop said to be shot was in stable condition at hospital. None of the police accounts have been independently verified publicly.


Inquest into Killing of Michael David Perrault by Edmonton Constable Wayne Haltli Concludes

Michael David Perrault (31) was shot and killed by Edmonton Police Constable Wayne Haltli on May 18, 2015, during a traffic stop. A fatality inquiry that wrapped up over the last week of February 2018 made several recommendations focusing on the need to make crisis intervention and de-escalation training mandatory for police officers in Alberta. It was also recommended that Edmonton police pursue the “zero death” mandate arising from the inquiry into the killing of Sammy Yatim by Toronto police officer James Forcillo. Police are not required to adopt any of the recommendations and as is typically the case in such circumstances in Canada they will not do so here.

The inquiry reported that Michael David Perreault was in mental health crisis at the time police encountered and killed him. The inquiry also reported he had a long history of mental health issues and substance use troubles which may have been exacerbated by the health care system and doctors. He had been prescribed medications for a range of issues including depression and chronic pain from a number of accidents and workplace injuries.

Constable Haltli and his partner, Constable Jeffrey Park, were members of Edmonton’s Specialized Traffic Apprehension Team (STAT) when they responded to a 911 report of a suspected impaired driver in the city’s Beverly neighbourhood. Perreault’s car had stopped in the curb lane on Victoria Trail near 118 Avenue when the constables approached it. Constable Park reportedly reached into the car to try to take the keys out of the ignition when Perreault allegedly grabbed his arm. Park punched Perreault in the head several times during the encounter. It is alleged that at some point Perrault retrieved a shotgun and managed to shoot Park in the leg. It is claimed that he excited the vehicle when he was shot in the head and killed by Constable Haltli.

An investigation by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the body that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, had already cleared the officers. ASIRT found, not surprisingly given their history,  that the officers used reasonable force. No further word on whether punching someone repeatedly in the head over a traffic stop is reasonable force. Or a reasonable way to treat someone in distress.

Notably, Perrault had been targeted numerous times by Edmonton police officers and, perhaps quite justifiably, felt “cops hated him” and had singled him out for scrutiny, according to the inquiry report. The day of his killing he was apparently concerned that police were outside his home.


Man Shot and Killed by Calgary Police (Jan. 27/28, 2018)

A man shot by Calgary police on the evening of January 27, 2018, died in hospital early in the morning of January 28. The man was said to be in his forties.

According to Deputy Chief Bob Ritchie of the Calgary Police Service, officers were dispatched to an apartment building in the 600 block of 68th Avenue Southwest on reports of a disturbance at around 9 PM on the evening of the 27th. A man was said to be shouting and throwing things in a second floor hallway. According to Ritchie, police spent almost 30 minutes talking to the man before things escalated in some way, not specified by police. At some point the man allegedly jumped from a balcony on the second floor and was shot by police. He was taken to hospital and died around 2:30 AM on January 28. The officer who shot the victim is reported to be a patrol member with 10 years of service with the force.

The victim did not have a criminal history. The killer cop is now on 30-day leave. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, is investigating the killing. None of the claims made by police gave been independently confirmed publicly.

Calgary media have profiled the neighborhood in an attempt to portray it as crime prone and justify the police killing. Reporting that police have been called to the same street, years earlier and with no relation to the current victim and case, is copaganda and must be opposed.


ASIRT Lets Off Cops in Death of Darryll Daniels Near Red Deer in 2015

A man runs into woods pursued by RCMP officers. They later come out. He does not. A month later his body is found submerged in a creek. Police were left to tell the story of what happened in those woods in 2015 near Red Deer, Alberta. On January 10, 2018, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in Alberta, cleared the RCMP of wrongdoing in this case.

Darryll Daniels (45) was found dead in Waskasoo Creek on November 11, 2015. He was last seen during the police chase on October 6.

His mother has many questions about what actually happened to her son. In her words: “I miss him, I really, really miss him. It’s quite emotional. You wait for years for answers and in your heart you know he couldn’t have drowned. I know Darryll could have swam that creek without drowning” (quoted in Crawford 2018).

 

Further Reading

Crawford, Murray. 2018. “Questions Remain About Red Deer Man’s Death as Police Watchdog Closes Investigation.” Red Deer Advocate. January 10. https://www.reddeeradvocate.com/news/questions-remain-about-red-deer-mans-death-as-police-watchdog-closes-investigation/