January 17th, 2021

‘Storm Trooper’ investigation determines charges not warranted


By Herald on December 23, 2020.

Lethbridge police officers respond to a woman in a Storm Trooper costume in front of a Northside restaurant back in May.

Criminal charges have been found not to be warranted after an investigation into an incident in May where Lethbridge police responded to a woman in costume with a fake firearm promoting a local restaurant.

On May 4, Lethbridge Police responded to two 911 calls reporting a person in a Storm Trooper costume carrying a firearm along the 500 block of 13 Street North. The weapon was ultimately confirmed to be a fake firearm and the female subject, who indicated she was an employee promoting a local business, was not charged. Witnesses said the woman taken to the ground and handcuffed and police say the woman sustained what they described as a minor injury which did not require medical attention.

The external, criminal investigation by Medicine Hat Police Service, which included a review by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) and the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service, has determined that criminal charges are not warranted.

Police say a professional misconduct investigation will now proceed under the Police Act and Police Service Regulation. As the matter is still under investigation, the Lethbridge Police Service says it will offer no further comments at this time.

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