ASIRT investigating death of man who was pushed by Lethbridge police officer

ASIRT investigating death of man who was pushed by Lethbridge police officer
ASIRT investigating mans death after shove from Lethbridge police officer
Alberta's police watchdog is investigating the death of a man who was pushed by a Lethbridge police officer. The man fell backwards, hitting his head on the pavement. He died several days later.

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.

LETHBRIDGE – The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has been directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 48-year-old man following an encounter with an officer from the Lethbridge Police Service on the evening of Oct. 3.

While the first man was being arrested, there was a confrontation between the second man, a 48-year-old, and the arresting officer.

Lethbridge Police made a notification to the Director of Law Enforcement, pursuant to the provisions of the Police Act, once they knew about the severity of the mans medical condition, and on Oct. 4, ASIRT was directed to investigate.

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. 

Emergency Medical Services were called to assess and assist the man. When EMS arrived, the mans condition deteriorated as he went into medical distress and was unresponsive.

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.

Over the course of the next few days, the mans condition didnt improve and in the early hours of Monday, Oct. 8, the man died in hospital.

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No further comments will be provided by ASIRT until the matter is concluded due to the investigation being underway.

The death of a man who was injured during a confrontation with Lethbridge police is being investigated by the province’s police watchdog.

When they arrived, the officers dealt with two men who were identified as having been involved in the disturbance.

On Oct. 3, officers responded to calls of a disturbance between two men in the city’s south side.

LPS maintains responsibility for the investigation into the conduct of the 41-year-old man arrested at the scene.

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.