On Oct. 3 at 5:20 p.m., Lethbridge police responded to a report of a disturbance between two men in an alley off Stafford Drive South between Third and Fourth Avenues South, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) said in a release Monday.
The first man, a 41-year-old, was arrested for breaching conditions of release, which included a no-contact order with the second man.
While the first man was being arrested, there was a confrontation between the second man, a 48-year-old, and the arresting officer.
The officer pushed the 48-year-old away by placing his hand or hands on the man's chest, according to the agency. The man stumbled backwards and fell straight back, hitting his head on the pavement, ASIRT said.
After his fall, the man seemed to be in an altered state, but his eyes were open and he attempted to speak.
He was taken to hospital, where he died a few days later, on Oct. 8. An autopsy the next day didn't determine a cause of death.
An officer pushed the 48-year-old man away with one or both hands to his chest, causing the man to stumble backwards and fall straight back, hitting his head on the pavement.
Lethbridge police notified the director of law enforcement once it was known that the man's condition was severe, and ASIRT began investigating on Oct. 4, the day after the arrest.
LPS officers responded to a report of a disturbance at an alley off Stafford Drive South, between 3 Avenue S. and 4 Avenue S at approximately 5:20 p.m. on that day.
ASIRT said it will focus on the officer who pushed the 48-year-old to determine if the push caused his death, and whether or not that push was lawful.
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The death of a man who was injured during a confrontation with Lethbridge police is being investigated by the province’s police watchdog.
On Oct. 3, officers responded to calls of a disturbance between two men in the city’s south side.
They arrested a 41-year-old man for breaching release conditions that included an order of no contact with the other man.
As he was placed in a police vehicle, the other man confronted a police officer, who pushed him away with one or both hands.
Initially, his eyes were open and he tried to speak, but the man became unresponsive after EMS arrived to treat him.
The following day, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) received a call to investigate the incident due to the severity of the injuries.