Watch­dog in­ves­ti­gat­ing in­jury to autis­tic boy while in po­lice care

Calgary Herald - - CITY+REGION - ZACH LAING [email protected]­ Twit­ter: @zjlaing

ED­MON­TON The Al­berta Se­ri­ous In­ci­dent Re­sponse Team has been called in to in­ves­ti­gate what led to a 12-year-old autis­tic boy be­ing in­jured while in the care of two Cal­gary po­lice of­fi­cers.

Po­lice said the boy was taken into po­lice cus­tody Wed­nes­day to be trans­ferred to a hos­pi­tal, when he be­came unco-op­er­a­tive.

Dur­ing the course of a strug­gle with of­fi­cers, the boy was in­jured, the Cal­gary Po­lice Ser­vice said.

“The Ser­vice takes any in-cus­tody in­juries se­ri­ously, es­pe­cially when it in­volves a mi­nor,” Cal­gary po­lice said in a state­ment pro­vided to Post­media Thurs­day.

“We com­pletely sup­port the in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion to learn what hap­pened and will co-op­er­ate fully. This in­ci­dent did not have the out­come that any­one in­volved wanted, and any­thing that can be learned through the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to pre­vent sim­i­lar in­ci­dents in the fu­ture will be valu­able.”

The ser­vice said its mem­bers are trained to re­solve sit­u­a­tions like these with “as lit­tle risk as pos­si­ble to them­selves, the pub­lic and the people we take into our cus­tody.”

They added their “of­fi­cers also do the best they can in sit­u­a­tions where people are of­ten un­pre­dictable and com­bat­ive.”

ASIRT ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Sue Hugh­son told Post­media Thurs­day more in­for­ma­tion would be pro­vided Fri­day morn­ing.


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