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.
The person shot and killed by Edmonton police on August 18, 2018, has been identified as 29-year-old Sterling Ross Cardinal, an Indigenous man from Calling Lake who was a father of three, including a two-month-old baby boy.
Said Jocelyn Coutrie, the month of the infant boy, said of Cardinal in a facebook post: “He always had a smile on his face. And he will be missed very much by me and his family. It hurts to think that he’s never coming home to me and our baby boy.”
Cardinal’s sister, Angelina Merkle, said he loved his family> In her words: “Regardless of who anyone is involved with and chooses to allow in their life, [it] doesn’t mean they are bad people. Life is not fair most times. Nobody is perfect. We, the family, lost a good, respected person. That will be sadly missed” (quoted in Ross 2018).
Another man, Clifford Johnathan Gladue (29), who was with Cardinal, was arrested by Edmonton police.
Ross, Andrea. 2018. “Man Shot and Killed by Edmonton Police Fired Rifle at Officers, Sources Say.” CBC News August 23. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/sterling-cardinal-police-shooting-1.4793590
Edmonton police shot and killed a man on Saturday, August 18, around 10 PM after responding to a two-vehicle collision just north of the Yellowhead Trail in the area of 66th Street and 123rd Avenue. The Edmonton Police Service has only said that an “incident occurred” between a male driver of one of the vehicles and officers, with one officer firing their weapon and killing the man.
A male passenger in the victim’s vehicle was taken into custody by Edmonton police. The driver and passenger in the other vehicle were not injured.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, the agency that investigates police harm to civilians in Alberta, is now investigating the killing.
Alberta RCMP shot and killed a man at the Frog Lake First Nation on July 20, 2018. Frog Lake First Nation reserve is located 250 kilometers east of Edmonton. Initial reports claim that Elk Point RCMP attempted to arrest a man at a home on the reserve around 10 AM. There was allegedly a standoff over several hours, at the end of which RCMP officers discharged their firearms striking and killing a man at the home. The RCMP are the historic military force of colonialism in Canada.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in Alberta, is investigating the killing and police actions. None of the initial reports have been independently confirmed publicly.
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 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.
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.