Red Deer man claims his leg was broken while in police custody

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On March 21st,, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed by the Director of Law Enforcement (DLE) to investigate circumstances surrounding an alleged injury to a 32-year-old man while in custody at the Red Deer Detachment.

On March 13th, RCMP received a complaint of a man refusing to leave a Red Deer residence despite the owners’ requests.

Police checks indicated the man was wanted on outstanding warrants. Officers attended the residence and arrested the man who was in a wheelchair. The man was released from custody on March 14th.

Approximately a week later, a complaint letter was received by the RCMP from the man’s legal counsel indicating he had sustained a broken leg while in custody.

As a result of that complaint, the RCMP reported the circumstance to the DLE who directed ASIRT to enter into an investigation.

As ASIRT’s investigation is ongoing, no further information will be released at this time.

ASIRT’s mandate is to effectively, independently, and objectively investigate incidents involving Alberta’s police that have resulted in serious injury or death to any person, as well as serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct.

- Fawcett

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