Three Calgary police officers are facing assault charges after the arrest of a man in July left him with broken ribs and a collapsed lung.
Two officers had been relieved of their duties about a month after the incident, Calgary police said at the time.
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Constable James Othen is facing four charges, including assault causing bodily harm, assault with a weapon and two counts of public mischief, his lawyer confirmed Wednesday.
“They are being charged as we speak,” Alain Hepner said Wednesday morning. “Next, they will get a court date and we’ll request disclosure of allegations and then I’ll review all the allegations and be prepared to proceed to court and set a trial date.”
Const. Kevin Humfrey and Const. Mike Sandalack are also facing assault charges, their lawyers confirmed Wednesday.
Sue Hughson, the executive director of the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), is set to speak to media about the investigation at 1:30 p.m. MT Wednesday afternoon. Calgary Police Chief Const. Roger Chaffin is addressing reporters at 2:30 p.m.
The incident happened July 30 at around 8:50 p.m. when an officer followed a white SUV “with an obscured licence plate” into a parking lot and turned on the police vehicle’s emergency lights for a traffic stop. Police previously said it happened near the 6700 block of Macleod Trail S.
The driver got out of his SUV and was chased by the officer, who was joined by other officers who’d been called in to help, ASIRT said Tuesday.
The 34-year-old man was found a short distance away and arrested, however, due to the serious injuries sustained during the arrest, CPS notified the Alberta Director of Law Enforcement.
Watch below (Aug. 27): ASIRT is looking into a July incident where a man apparently sustained serious injuries in the course of an arrest. Four Calgary police officers are facing disciplinary action. Carolyn Kury de Castillo has more.