Pe­ti­tion calls for of­fi­cer to be fired for deer in­ci­dent

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More than 100 peo­ple gath­ered out­side Leth­bridge po­lice head­quar­ters on Sun­day af­ter­noon to protest after a video sur­faced last week show­ing an of­fi­cer al­legedly us­ing a truck to eu­th­a­nize a deer.In the video, a po­lice truck can be seen re­peat­edly run­ning over a wounded deer on a city street.The Al­berta Se­ri­ous In­ci­dent Re­sponse Team has stated it’s in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the Leth­bridge po­lice of­fi­cer’s re­sponse to a re­port of an in­jured an­i­mal in dis­tress on Jan. 5.“The po­lice of­fi­cer re­sponded and killed the deer in an in­ci­dent that was par­tially recorded by a by­stander on cell­phone video,” ASIRT stated in a news re­lease.Na­tional group An­i­mal Jus­tice said ASIRT is em­pow­ered to lay crim­i­nal an­i­mal-cru­elty charges against po­lice of­fi­cers, and wants to see a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion.About 130 peo­ple joined the rally Sun­day to echo those sen­ti­ments.After view­ing the video, Heather An­der­son said she be­lieves the of­fi­cer should be in­ves­ti­gated for an­i­mal cru­elty.“There’s no doubt about it,” she said. “It gave me, per­son­ally, night­mares.“I think he should be charged with an­i­mal cru­elty and I think he should no longer be a po­lice of­fi­cer.”An on­line pe­ti­tion call­ing for the of­fi­cer in­volved to be fired had drawn nearly 70,000 sig­na­tures as of Sun­day.An­der­son said the group is also plan­ning to de­liver a writ­ten pe­ti­tion to Leth­bridge po­lice on Mon­day re­quest­ing that the of­fi­cer be per­ma­nently re­moved from the line of duty.ASIRT of­fi­cials said while the video that went pub­lic is ev­i­dence, it cap­tures “only a por­tion of the in­ci­dent.”“A full, fair and ob­jec­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion must in­clude ad­di­tional in­ves­tiga­tive steps to en­sure ad­mis­si­ble ev­i­dence as to what oc­curred prior to the com­mence­ment of the video, the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the tak­ing of the video and chain of cus­tody, the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and in­ter­view of avail­able wit­nesses, rel­e­vant com­mu­ni­ca­tions and train­ing, and se­cur­ing any other ev­i­dence that may be rel­e­vant to the event,” the over­sight body stated.As part of its in­ves­ti­ga­tion, it will ex­am­ine a po­lice of­fi­cer’s pow­ers in sit­u­a­tions such as this one, and will con­sider rel­e­vant pro­vi­sions within the Crim­i­nal Code, the An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion Act and the Wildlife Act.

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