Al­berta watch­dog in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter of­fi­cer re­peat­edly ran over a deer

StarMetro Calgary - - CALGARY - KASHMALA FIDA

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

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