October 31st, 2020

ASIRT investigating arrest of woman on Blood Reserve

By Shurtz, Delon on November 22, 2019.

Lethbridge Herald

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is investigating circumstances surrounding a woman’s arrest by Blood Tribe Police last weekend.

At about 10:45 a.m. Saturday, police officers responded to a complaint at a residence on the Blood Reserve and arrested a 35-year-old woman for causing a disturbance. Before her arrest the woman complained of a sore head, back and wrist, and EMS assessed the woman at the residence and again at the Blood Tribe Police Service detention facilities.

The woman’s condition deteriorated while she was in custody, and at 10:45 p.m., she was in medical distress. Officers rendered aid and EMS provided emergency care and took her to the hospital.

Because the woman’s condition deteriorated while in custody, ASIRT was directed to investigate and determine whether the woman’s deteriorating condition was the result of a medical event or injury. ASIRT’s investigation will focus on whether police conduct caused or contributed to the woman’s condition.

ASIRT’s mandate is to effectively, independently and objectively investigate incidents involving Alberta’s police that have resulted in serious injury or death to any person, as well as serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct.

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