ASIRT investigates death of man restrained by Edmonton police inside ambulance

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Alberta’s police watchdog is investigating the death of a 50-year-old man who was restrained by Edmonton police officers inside an ambulance last week, and died three days later.

Paramedics responded to a call at around 11:15 p.m. last Thursday and found a man unresponsive on the floor inside a home. They called police shortly before midnight because “the patient had reportedly become combative,” according to a Tuesday news release from the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team.

“Several (Edmonton police) members arrived at the location and helped restrain the man, who was already inside the ambulance. Shortly thereafter, the man went into medical distress and became unresponsive,” says the news release.

“The man was transported to hospital and admitted. On May 30, the man passed away.”

An autopsy is scheduled for later this week.

The agency assesses whether or not officers’ conduct caused or contributed to a serious injury or death.

“ASIRT’s investigation will examine the actions of police during this incident, including the circumstances surrounding the man’s restraint and any force that may have been used.”

No further information was released.


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