Police in Alberta city refute social media claim of abuse during arrest

Police in Medicine Hat, Alta., say a video claiming a man was left beaten and bloody after his arrest for what he admitted was a staged event is completely unfounded.

MEDICINE HAT — Police in Medicine Hat, Alta., say a video claiming a man was left beaten and bloody after his arrest for what he admitted was a staged event is completely unfounded.

Investigators say they got a 911 call Monday morning about someone who said he was going to jump into traffic near city hall.

A man found face down on a yoga mat in the middle of the road refused to co-operate with a lone officer at the scene and admitted the whole thing was staged.

He also said police would have to hurt him to get him to move, but two off-duty officers aided in getting him into custody without injury before he was taken to hospital and later admitted under mental health regulations.

He is not facing criminal charges, but was issued a traffic ticket.

Another man showed up to record the arrest and some video was released through social media, alleging the first man was beaten and bloodied, but investigators deny excessive force was used.

They also say people need to be properly informed before jumping to conclusions based on what they see online.

Just Posted

Updated: Red Deer welcomes 2019 Canada Winter Games Team Alberta

About 250 Alberta athletes are participating in the Games

Syrian immigrants feel welcomed

Winter Social held at Festival Hall to promote multiculturalism

Small group rallies with pro-immigration message

Group wanted to counter misinformation on United Nations migration agreement

Trump says ‘things are going very well’ with North Korea

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Saturday that “things are going very… Continue reading

NDP won’t stop until Trans Mountain is built, says minister

Deron Bilous speaks at Red Deer chamber luncheon

VIDEO: Students in MAGA hats mock Native American at Indigenous Peoples March

Diocese in Kentucky says it is investigating the matter, caught on video by onlookers

CONSUMER REPORT: What to buy each month in 2019 to save money

Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seismologists expect the temblors to continue for months, although the frequency has lessened

Women’s March returns across the U.S. amid shutdown and controversy

The original march in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, drew hundreds of thousands of people

Kriechmayr edges Swiss favourite Feuz to win WCup downhill

WENGEN, Switzerland — It takes a special run to beat Switzerland’s best… Continue reading

WestJet plane heading to Victoria slides off Edmonton runway, no injuries

EDMONTON — A WestJet plane has slid off an icy taxiway at… Continue reading

Sam Bennett scores twice, Flames beat Red Wings 6-4

Flames 6, Red Wings 4 CALGARY — Sam Bennett scored twice including… Continue reading

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Most Read