Live: Calgary police chief responds to charges laid against three officers

Live: Calgary police chief responds to charges laid against three officers

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Live: Calgary police chief responds to charges laid against three officers

Calgary police chief Roger Chaffin responds to ASIRT’s investigation that saw three officers charged in connection with the alleged beating of a man following a traffic stop in July. 

Mike Sandalack, Kevin Humfrey and James Othen each face a charge of assault causing bodily harm over an incident on July 30.

Othen and Humfrey also face two charges each of public mischief, while Othen faces an additional charge of assault with a weapon, a key.

The trio were charged after an investigation by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team following an arrest on Macleod Trail.

They’re charged with assaulting Clayton Prince, who had his own charges stayed by Chief Crown prosecutor Sue Kendall in August.

Kendall said the charges, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana, were dropped because there was no reasonable likelihood of a conviction.

ASIRT said it began the investigation after receiving reports a 34-year-old man had his ribs broken and suffered a collapsed lung during a violent arrest.

The agency said a male driver fled at least four officers the evening of July 30 after he was stopped for driving a white SUV with an obscured licence plate.

He was caught and arrested in the 6700 block of Macleod Tr. following a brief foot chase – an incident that left him in need of medical attention, ASIRT said.

“Following his arrest, the man was transported to hospital and admitted after it was determined he had sustained broken ribs and a collapsed right lung,” ASIRT said.

The officers are scheduled to appear in provincial court on Oct. 19.

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