After charges against three Calgary police officers, there are questions about what would have happened if the dash camera video had never surfaced.
Charges of assault causing bodily harm and mischief were laid against three of four officers involved in the July 30th arrest of Clayton Prince who suffered broken ribs and a collapsed lung following a traffic stop on Macleod Trail. Police Chief Roger Chaffin says he watched a dash cam video “a few weeks ago” and contacted the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) citing an “obvious disconnect between what we believe happened and what the video shows.”
Pat Heffernan wonders why police waited until seeing the video before forwarding the case to theASIRT. “According to ASIRT, there’s all these other witness officers that saw this. Also again, the fourth officer, the witness officer, with his initial report or statement and that was not reported.” Heffernan fears nothing would have been done without the video. “That’s a real serious problem. People are aware police routinely lie, they routinely cover up and they wash themselves under the ‘blue code of silence’ to cover these things up.”
Heffernan’s son Anthony was shot and killed by police in March of 2015. The shooting occurred after police received a call to check on the welfare of man at a northwest motel. The call resulted in a standoff with Heffernan who had a syringe. Back in August, ASIRT and the Crown determined there was not enough evidence to proceed with murder charges against the officer who fired the shots.