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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

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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.


Police Involved in Woman’s Death in Calgary (June 19, 2019)

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, is investigating the death of a woman during an unspecified interaction with police officers in downtown Calgary early in the morning of June 19, 2019. It has been reported that the death occurred along Riverfront Avenue in the city’s center. No other information has been released publicly, including why police interacted with the woman or what the interaction involved.

(Initial news reports identified the victim as a man rather than a woman.)


Man Tased, Dies in Calgary Police Custody (May 1, 2019)

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.


Calgary Police Shoot and Kill Woman on Christmas Morning (Dec. 25, 2018)

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.


Cops Investigating Cops: Calgary Police Services Investigate Death of 22-Year-Old Kugluktuk Man in Custody of Nunavut RCMP (Sept. 19, 2018)

The Calgary Police Services are investigating the death of a 22-year-old Kugluktuk resident while in custody of the Nunavut RCMP on September 19, 2018. The victim was reportedly medivacked from Kugluktuk to Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife, where he died. Nunavut RCMP have not provided any details about the circumstances of the death, or why the victim was medivacked, but have stated that the incident triggered the force to “engage the RCMP’s External Investigations or Review Policy.”

Inspector Keith Cain, of the Calgary Police Services, reports that four detectives and two members of the Calgary Police Services crime scenes unit were in Kugluktuk the last week of September to do an investigation. They had attended the autopsy in Edmonton.

The investigating officers will compile a report of the incident and give it to a Crown prosecutor, who will decide whether to press charges. It is expected the police “investigation” will take a month and the Crown will review the report over the course of an additional month.  Nunavut’s deputy coroner, Khen Sagadraca, reports that the office is conducting its own “preliminary investigation” into the circumstances surrounding the death.

This is a blatant case of police investigating police and we can expect nothing in the way of justice to come from it. Incredibly, and speaking to the reliability of police in such cases, the Nunavut RCMP did not issue a news release about the in-custody death when it happened. They have since refused to answer questions about this failure to report. Perhaps they needed more time to concoct a story or reconstruct a crime scene.


Calgary Police Shoot and Kill Man Experiencing Mental Health Crisis (Aug. 31, 2018)

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.