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.
A woman died in RCMP custody in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, some time during the weekend of April 13 and 14, 2019. The Independent Investigations Office (IIO), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, has reported RCMP arrested the woman, along with a man, in Dawson Creek, on April 13. She was held in a cell, where paramedics attended later in the day due to unspecified “behavior.” The IIO reports that at some point she went into medical distress. She was airlifted to Prince George Regional Hospital, where she was pronounced dead early on April 14.
The IIO has launched an investigation into the death.
A man who was arrested by RCMP in Kamloops, British Columbia, allegedly following a complaint from a business has died while in custody on March 13, 2019. Police reportedly arrested the man under the Liquor Control and Licensing Act at around 9;30 PM on the evening of March 12. The man was allegedly found unresponsive in his cell before 6 AM on March 13 and pronounced dead.
The Independent Investigations Office, the agency that examines cases of police violence in British Columbia, is investigating the death. No other details have been released publicly.
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.
A 55-year-old man died while in custody of London police on October 11, 2018. According to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in Ontario, police report that they responded to calls about an allegedly impaired driver near Wonderland Road South and Exeter Road at about 9:20 PM. Police claim that they located a vehicle in the ditch south of Harry White Drive and Wonderland.
Police arrested the apparent driver of that vehicle who was put into a cruiser to be transported to the cells at London police headquarters. Police claim that at some point, while still held in the cruiser in the cell bay area of police headquarters, the man became unresponsive and had no vital signs.
According to the SIU, the man was taken to hospital and pronounced dead at 11:58 PM. The SIU has assigned three investigators and one forensic investigator to examine the death.
SIU records show that the London Police Service has been the subject of 14 Special Investigations Unit probes so far in 2018 alone.
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.
A man died after going into medical distress during an arrest in South Surrey involving members of the RCMP and Vancouver Police Department (VPD) on the afternoon of March 19, 2018. Surrey RCMP report receiving multiple calls about a man apparently in some distress in the roadway near the intersection of 10 Avenue and 161A Street around 1:40 PM.
According to a media release by the Independent Investigations Office of BC, the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in British Columbia, the man went into medical crisis when RCMP “tried to gain control and take him into custody.” The man had reportedly first been confronted by an off-duty VPD officer. Emergency Health Services arrived and attempted to provide aid but the man was declared dead around 3 PM.
Once again the question must be asked why police were the ones sent to interact with someone in personal distress but posing no threat to the public. Questions must be asked about the role the off-duty VPD officer played in confronting the man initially.