Use of force, including Taser deployment, investigated after Edmonton city police arrest: ASIRT

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Alberta’s police watchdog has been directed to investigate the amount of force used by city police officers during an arrest in east Edmonton that involved deployment of a Taser.

In a Tuesday news release, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) said the crew of a city police helicopter alerted officers on March 23 that a man appeared to be checking car door handles near 96 Street and 79 Avenue shortly after midnight. Officers responded to the area and found a man walking on 76 Avenue before a confrontation took place.

During the altercation, members applied physical force and used a Taser. A 39-year-old man was arrested and received medical treatment at the scene that included the removal of conducted energy weapon (CEW) probes. The man sustained bruising to his forehead and lower lip and CEW probe marks on his back.

He was charged and taken to the Edmonton Remand Centre where he remains. ASIRT did not say what the man iss charged with.

ASIRT is investigating the lawfulness of the force used during the arrest. Edmonton Police will be responsible for any investigations into crimes the man may have committed.

dshort@postmedia.com

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