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WATCH THE VIDEO: Another violent RCMP arrest in Alberta

The officer talks with the man but then suddenly takes him down, smashing his head into the pavement.

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Another violent Alberta RCMP arrest is in the spotlight – but this time witnesses say there are two sides to every story.

The recent arrest in Sherwood Park shows an officer approaching an elderly man who had been causing a disturbance at a nearby cafe.

The officer talks with the man but then suddenly takes him down, smashing his head into the pavement.

Blood is seen seeping out of the man’s wound as the officer kneels on his head.

ASIRT has been called in to investigate the arrest.

Violent RCMP arrest

But Ashyln Hodgson said the video doesn’t tell the whole story.

“This all actually happened right by my work. And what this video doesn’t show is the fire fighter who this man being taken down assaulted prior to. He punched him in the face. As well as the civilian who he punched in the face. As well as the threats he was screaming at people at my work and outside my work,” she said on Facebook.

“He was belligerently drunk and the officer told him to put his hands behind his back or he would take him to the ground. The man failed to comply so the officer did just that.

“I STAND against police brutality. But this man threatened to kill my coworkers, our customers, and forcibly grabbed a teenage girl in our café. He was an extreme threat and has been multiple times to our store and refused to comply. Media has an incredible way or making the wrong people look like the ‘bad guy.'”

The RCMP issued a statement Wednesday afternoon, saying ASIRT has been called in to investigate.

“On July 21, 2020, at approximately 6:13 p.m., Strathcona County RCMP along with Strathcona County Fire Emergency Services responded to fire at an apartment complex on Cloverbar Road in Sherwood Park. A fire was located inside an apartment but the homeowner was not immediately located,” the release said.

“At approximately 7:25 p.m., Strathcona County RCMP responded to a coffeehouse in Sherwood Park where it is alleged a male was intoxicated and chasing a vehicle. The male was located by police and advised to leave the premises. 

“At approximately 7:54 p.m., the male returned to his residence at the apartment complex where the fire had occurred and a verbal confrontation ensued with several tenants and a Fire Services member. The male is alleged to have assaulted a Fire Services member on scene.   

“The responding officer went to place the man under arrest during which the male was taken to the ground and as a result suffered an injury. EMS was immediately dispatched and the male was taken to hospital and has subsequently been released.

“The investigation is ongoing. The Alberta RCMP is reviewing this incident along with the member’s duty status.

“The Director of Law Enforcement has been notified and the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has been directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the actions of the police during this investigation.”

A couple of recent violent RCMP arrests are currently being investigated by Alberta’s police watchdog.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has been directed to investigate a June 4 RCMP arrest in Red Deer, during which a 28-year-old man sustained a serious injury.

ASIRT is also investigating the violent arrest of Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in March as he sat outside a casino in a truck with his wife in Fort McMurray.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Editor of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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NDP slam UCP for keeping Legislature closed

Speaker Nathan Cooper said the ongoing closure was because of “ongoing health concerns arising from the pandemic.”

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Alberta’s NDP is blasting the UCP government of Premier Jason Kenney for extending a shutdown of the legislature because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While millions of Albertans continue to go into work, Jason Kenney and his UCP MLAs are refusing to show up,” said NDP House Leader Christina Gray in a statement.

“We’re in the midst of a crisis and we have critical work to do.”

Debate in the house was set to resume Wednesday after an earlier shutdown, but the UCP pushed back the date until May 25.

Speaker Nathan Cooper said the continuing closure was because of “ongoing health concerns arising from the pandemic,” Cooper said in a memo.

“The opportunity for Members to vote virtually may be possible upon the resumption of the Spring Sitting the week of May 25th. To facilitate this, I will be hosting a number of training sessions next week. Further details will be provided to you on Friday.”

Earlier during the spring sitting, the province amended the standing orders to allow the option to adjourn the Assembly in response to public safety concerns.

The shutdown is in contradiction to what Kenney said in April.

“Millions of Albertans, thank God, still have jobs, show up every day and they expect us, their elected representatives, to do the same thing,” he said in the Legislature.

Kenney in April

The UCP Cabinet will continue to meet virtually and Legislative committees will also continue their work with MLAs participating remotely. 

If an emergency arises, MLAs can be called back.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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BC RCMP capture kids playing on highway

The baaaaad drama began about 6 p.m. on May 11, when Surrey RCMP were called to a report of four goats on the loose in the 15600 block of Hwy. 10.

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BC RCMP officers weren’t kidding around when they were called to some immature antics on a local highway.

RCMP officer takes goat into custody. Courtesy RCMP

The baaaaad drama began about 6 p.m. May 11, when Surrey RCMP was called to a report of four goats on the loose in the 15600 block of Hwy. 10.

“Members quickly worked together to secure the goats, who were taken into police custody unharmed,” said Cpl. Vanessa Munn.

“All goats have been reunited with their owner who is thankful that police located the goats and not a kid-napper.”

Goat in custody. Courtesy RCMP

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Feds open to suggestions on limiting governor-general benefits

Payette had served just three years and three months of her five-year term but qualified for lifetime pension benefits of $143,000 a year and an annual expense budget of $206,040.

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The feds say its open to suggestions on how to change the law to avoid paying quitting governors-general lifetime, six-figure pension payments, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

It follows a public outcry over benefits for Julie Payette after she abruptly resigned over workplace harassment complaints.

“We hope it’s the only time for the next 154 years that it ever happens, but nevertheless we must presume that perhaps we could learn from that situation,” said Privy Council President Dominic LeBlanc.

Testifying at the Senate legal affairs committee, LeBlanc said he was “quite sensitive” to public criticism of Payette’s benefits.

Payette quit January 21 amid an investigation of harassment and bullying of Rideau Hall employees. Payette had served just three years and three months of her five-year term but qualified for lifetime pension benefits of $143,000 a year and an annual expense budget of $206,040.

“The governor general resigned,” said Senator Claude Carignan (Que.).

“The law as written allows a governor general to be appointed for one day, then resign and receive a pension.”

“I don’t think people realize if you occupy the position for five minutes or five years it’s the same in terms of retirement. I understand people’s frustration with Ms. Payette,” replied LeBlanc. “

“This may be something we could look into. I understand the concern.”

LeBlanc said cabinet “decided this was not the time to reopen the Act,” but acknowledged public complaints. “I would take your comment as a suggestion,” he said.

Carignan in the Senate introduced Bill S-232 that would retroactively strip Payette’s benefits and those of any future governor general who fails to complete their term.

“It is inconceivable and irresponsible that an individual who leaves before completing their mandate would automatically receive a lifetime pension,” said Carignan.

In the Commons, Bloc Québécois MP Simon Marcil (Mirabel, Que.) on February 22 introduced Bill C-27 that would cut all appointees’ pay to a dollar a year and retroactively eliminate Payette’s pension.

“Ms. Payette established a reign of terror,” said Simard.

Payette resigned amid a workplace investigation that cited employees’ complaints of “yelling, screaming, aggressive conduct, demeaning comments and public humiliation.”

Legal fees in the case cost taxpayers $249,627. A human resources investigation cost another $369,367.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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