Alberta watchdog investigating after officer repeatedly ran over a deer
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is now investigating after a shocking video appears to show a Lethbridge Police Service (LPS) vehicle being driven repeatedly over an injured deer.
According to ASIRT, on Saturday at about 10 p.m., a Lethbridge police officer responded to the 1600 block of Scenic Dr. S. — a road that runs along an area of parkland on the banks of the Oldman River — after multiple calls of an injured deer in distress. The police officer responded and killed the deer.
The incident was recorded on video and shows the police vehicle with its lights on running over the deer multiple times. The footage was shared with Global News, which then contacted LPS.
The video shows a police truck with its lights flashing parked a few feet away from a deer lying on the road. The vehicle proceeds to move slowly, running over the deer, at which point viewers can hear squeals. The vehicle continues to run over the deer multiple times, going back and forth, until someone from the vehicle gets out, checks on the deer and moves it to the side of the road.
“Having reviewed the video and considered the matter, the LPS notified the director of law enforcement of what was determined to be an allegation of a serious or sensitive nature related to the actions of a police officer, as required by the Police Act. As a result, the director of law enforcement determined that ASIRT should conduct an investigation,” ASIRT said in a release. Go to thestar.com/edmonton