Man claims leg broken in Red Deer RCMP custody

Alberta Serious Incident Response Team investigating broken leg allegation

Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating a man’s allegation that his leg was broken while in Red Deer RCMP custody last month.

ASIRT says that on March 13 RCMP received a complaint of a man refusing to leave a Red Deer residence despite the owners’ requests. Police checks indicated the man was wanted on outstanding warrants.

Officers went to the residence and arrested a 32-year-old man, who uses a wheelchair. The man was released from custody on March 14.

About a week later, a complaint letter was received by the RCMP from the man’s lawyer indicating he had sustained a broken leg while in custody.

As a result of that complaint, the RCMP reported the circumstance to the Director of Law Enforcement, who directed ASIRT to begin an investigation.

As ASIRT’s investigation is ongoing, no further information will be released at this time.

ASIRT’s mandate is to effectively, independently, and objectively investigate incidents involving Alberta’s police that have resulted in serious injury or death to any person, as well as serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct.