A Calgary police officer has been cleared of any wrongdoing by ASIRT in connection with an officer-involved shooting at an anti-racism rally last March.
Investigators say a man began yelling obscenities at protesters during the rally in the morning hours of March 21, 2015.
Police say the man was shouting ‘white power’.
ASIRT said a witness told investigators the man exchanged words with some of the protesters, but no threats were made.
“Believing the man might be a counter protester, two CPS officers were directed by the supervisor to speak to the man,” ASIRT executive director Susan Hughson said on Thursday.
The man tried to walk away from police but eventually stopped in a nearby alley.
“It appears that the officer was speaking to the man when [he] used his right arm and punched the officer on the left side of his head,” Hughson said.
The suspect than pulled out a 40 centimeter long metal pipe. And “raised it above his head in a threatening manner”.
It’s at that point the officer pulled out his service weapon and fired four times, shooting the man.
ASIRT said the officer was justified in the use of force and that the man presented a risk of “grievous bodily harm”.
“It might be easy to stand back and say, if the officer had three minutes to look and satisfy himself that this was a pipe that maybe he could’ve resorted to a different use of force weapon,” Hughson said. “But they’re not making those decision in those types of controlled circumstances.”
Officers provided emergency medical care until EMS arrived. He was taken to hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.
Investigators said one the bullets struck a lung and became lodged in the man’s spine, resulting in a permanent disability.
Calgary police said on Thursday an internal review would take place, but that the officer is not facing any internal discipline at this time. They say the man involved in the incident will not be charged.
WATCH BELOW:ASIRT executive director Susan Hughson releases the outcome of the investigation into an officer-involved shooting from March 2015.