Tag Archives: Alberta

Man Shot and Killed by RCMP in Cochrane, Alberta (Dec. 6, 2019)

Cochrane RCMP shot and killed a man on December 6, 2019. Police claim that they were called to a home in the town outside of Calgary over concerns about a man and his partner. They also claim that when they arrived the man barricaded himself inside the home and did not respond to commands to come out. It is reported that a police negotiator was brought on scene as well.

Few details have yet been released and police statements have not been confirmed publicly. RCMP say vaguely that “alternate means were deployed to force the man out,” but at that point the man was shot by an officer. The victim was removed from the scene in life-threatening condition, but died on the way to a hospital in Calgary.

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


Man Dies in Edmonton Police Custody (Nov. 16, 2019)

A man has died two days after being arrested by Edmonton police on November 14, 2019. According to the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, Edmonton Police Service officers were called to the University of Alberta on November 14 at around 8 AM to assist campus police with a 28-year-old man they had detained in custody. ASIRT reports that campus police officers found the man “trespassing” inside the Students’ Union Building, lying on a bench, not wearing a shirt or shoes. Police claim the man seemed intoxicated. It is not clear why the man was targeted as trespassing given that the University of Alberta is a public postsecondary institution.

According to ASIRT, police officers claim the man was shaking and unable to sit still and could not walk without help. Rather than seeking medical attention or assistance police arrested the man. At the southwest police station, the man was medically assessed “and he was cleared for custody.”

At 2 PM that afternoon, he was taken to the EPS Detainee Management Unit, and again medically assessed and cleared for custody.

According to ASIRT: “When transported to the Edmonton Remand Centre, however, a third medical assessment raised concerns and the man was transported to hospital.”

The man died there two days later, on November 16. ASIRT reports that his condition, whatever it was at the time of arrest, worsened following his arrest.


Alberta RCMP Shoot and Kill Woman who Asked for Help (Sept. 23, 2019)

Strathcona County (near Edmonton, Alberta) RCMP shot and killed a woman who had called them requesting assistance. RCMP responded to the victim’s call for help at her home in the Pine Street area at about 7:30 AM. At some point a responding officer shot and killed her. She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

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


Woman Killed in Crash During Police Pursuits Near Red Deer, Alberta (July 31, 2019)

A 24-year-old woman was killed in a car crash following multiple pursuits by RCMP near Red Deer, Alberta on July 31, 2019. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, is investigating. According to ASIRT, police were called at about 12:35 PM in response to reports of gunshots in the town of Blackfalds, about 15 kilometers north of Red Deer. Locating a described vehicle, police allegedly made at least three attempts to pursue it before it was struck by a pickup truck eastbound on Highway 11. The truck driver was treated on the scene for minor injuries. The 24-year-old woman passenger in the Mustang was taken to Red Deer Regional Hospital, where she later died. The drive of the pursued vehicle, a 27-year-old man, was airlifted to a hospital in Edmonton, where he is in stable condition, according to ASIRT.


Robin Fiddler of Waterhen Lake First Nation Identified as Woman Killed by Calgary Police (June 26, 2019)

Family members have identified 34-year-old Robin Fiddler of Waterhen Lake First Nation, in northern Saskatchewan, as the woman shot and killed by a Calgary police officer on June 26, 2019. She was shot twice by the killer cop. Fiddler was a trades worker in construction.

Fiddler’s family is demanding justice. They question the quick violence of the Calgary police. Mario Fiddler, the victim’s cousin, says:

“We believe Robin didn’t deserve to die — we want to see justice. We believe the Calgary police officer could’ve taken different steps dealing with Robin (and that) a Taser could’ve been used instead of shooting our cousin. My cousin isn’t the type of person to be an aggressor.” (quoted in Laing 2019).

Another cousin, Angela Fiddler, has reflected on Robin Fiddler’s determination and humor. In her words:

“She always tried to get through whatever systemic barriers that she faced — she always tried to make a way. She was just a blessing to us. It was her smile, she was always so funny and she always wanted to make people laugh.
“When we were both younger, I just took her under my wing and that was that. She would come live with me when she had the opportunity. I’ve always had an open door for her. Robin was a beautiful soul, she deserved to live.”

Calgary police Chief Mark Neufeld has said that the officer who killed Fiddler was wearing a police-issued, body-worn camera at the time of the killing. No video has been released publicly. Robin Fiddler’s killing is at least the third police-involved death in Calgary in 2019.

The family reports that they are returning Robin Fiddler’s body to Saskatchewan so that the family can lay her to rest and start a traditional healing journey (Laing 2019).

 

Further Reading

Laing, Zach. 2019. “Calls for Justice from Family of Woman Shot Dead by Calgary Police Officer. Calgary Sun June 30. https://calgarysun.com/news/crime/calls-for-justice-from-family-of-woman-shot-dead-by-calgary-police-officer


Man (43) Dies after Arrest by Edmonton Police (June28/July1, 2019)

A 43-year-old man died on July 1, 2019, after being arrested by Edmonton Police Service officers on June 28. According to the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, reports that officers allegedly went to 100 Avenue and 114 Street at around 10:30 PM on June 28 in response to a complaint about a man starting small fires in the area. Police encountered a man and arrested him in a violent takedown.

According to ASIRT, police only determined the man was in medical distress after he was carried to a police van. He was then removed from the van and an ambulance called. The man was taken to hospital, where he died on the evening of July 1.

The arrest was recorded and a portion of the video posted to social media.


Calgary Police Shoot and Kill Woman (June 26, 2019)

A Calgary police officer shot and killed a woman early in the morning of June 26, 2019. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the group that examines cases of police harming covilians in the province, is investigating.

It has been reported that police were called to the 2000 block of 35th Street SE at around 6 AM in response to a call claiming a “suspicious person” was wandering in and out of backyards in the area. Some interaction took place between the officer and the woman before the victim was shot. Unconfirmed reports suggest the victim used pepper spray during the interaction.

The officer who killed has been described as a female officer with six years in the Calgary Police Service. She has been placed on 30-day paid administrative leave.

This is the second police-involved death in Calgary in a week.