No charges to be laid in Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service holding cells death

Friday, April 21st, 2017 7:05pm


There will be no charges laid against officers in relations to an in-custody death that occurred in the Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service holding cells on Feb. 17, 2015.

A 25-year-old man committed suicide while in custody.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), which was called into investigate the incident, released the results of its findings today.

“The man was known to police and specific protocols were in place for occasions when he was taken into custody. Unfortunately, procedural errors were made, which provided the man with a very limited period of time without supervision, resulting in a sufficient amount of time to commit suicide,” said Susan D. Hughson, ASIRT’s executive director.

After consultation with the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service it was determined no officers would be charged.

“This case, however, should remind officers of the duty of care they undertake when exercising custody or control of another person,” said Hughson.

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.