Alberta Mirror

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Retired B.C. attorney general states judicial investigation required in Alberta police ruthlessness-case

Key takeaways: 

  • Crown declined to contest attack charges against Edmonton police ordered by the police watchdog.
  • Security video shows the full range of police brutality in the June arrest of an alleged truck robber. 
  • The videos reveal the claimed robber being struck with what seems to be a gun before he is constantly hit, thrown headfirst into a brick wall, elbow crushed in the head and then drove hard against a cruiser. 

Alberta police’s brutality against a handcuffed robber: 

There should be a judicial investigation of Alberta Justice’s unwillingness to sue an Edmonton police officer whose brutal attack on a handcuffed culprit was caught on video, a retired British Columbia attorney general states.

Kash Heed, who also worked as West Vancouver’s police chief during his 32-year policing profession, stated the attack by Edmonton Police Service Const. Dylan Awid on a truck robber in June 2019 was one of the most dangerous events of unreasonable force by a police officer he has ever seen.

“The justice minister has to take some accountability for this,” Heed told. Source – cbc.ca

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A former judge, he stated, should “review this entire incident from the outset right to the decision of Crown counsel. And they should be guided by what that [judge] may find.” Source – cbc.ca

CBC News got civilian and security camera video of police crowding truck robber Kyle Parkhurst, who hit two police vehicles after being hemmed in behind a city Edmonton apartment building.

The videos show an officer — not Awid — breaking Parkhurst with what seems to be a handgun, hitting him to the ground where he is instantly crowded by officers.

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