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A video of the arrest began circulating on social media shortly after.
An officer is seen holding the man’s arm behind his back before he flips him backward over his leg, throwing him to the ground.
The man’s head hits the sidewalk and he groans loudly. The officer kneels on the man’s shoulders and puts him in handcuffs, saying, “What did I tell you?”
A pool of blood forms under the man’s head as he lays face-first on the sidewalk. The woman shooting the video yells out to the officer, “Hey, he’s bleeding!” to which he responds, “Really?” The officer stands and rolls the man over, saying his name. The man lays limp and does not respond.
ASIRT is investigating the conduct of the police during the arrest.
2018 case wrapped up
Earlier this week, the police watchdog concluded an investigation into a 2018 officer-involved shooting in Strathcona County. Police were found to have used an appropriate amount of force when they shot a man multiple times while he was in mental distress.
The man was known to have weapons on him and pointed what appeared to be a gun at the officers despite calls for him to drop the weapon.
The man was treated at hospital for multiple gunshot wounds and a self-inflicted cut to his neck.
— With files from Lauren Boothby