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Three men, including police officer, face charges after overdose death in cell
An Edmonton police officer and two former community peace officers have been charged after an internal investigation into the death of man in custody.
In March 2020, a 38-year-old man was found dead inside a cell and an autopsy the next day determined he died of fentanyl toxicity.
A report from Alberta’s police watchdog released last year says hourly arousal checks were not done on the detainee as required by Edmonton police policy.
The report from the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team says the detainee was left more than five hours without being checked and could not be resuscitated after someone noticed his situation.
Edmonton police say they conducted a followup investigation after the ASIRT report and forwarded the findings to the Calgary Crown Prosecution Service for an opinion.
Mathieu Labrie, who is 32, as well as 52-year-old Jeffrey Mullenix and 35-year-old Const. Yi Yang have been charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life.
The three accused were community police officers working in a detainee unit at the time of the man’s death.
They say Yang is on administrative leave with pay and the other two accused are not employed by Edmonton police.
Calgary, Edmonton mayors expect good relationship with re-elected UCP government
Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek speaks at an announcement in Calgary on April 25, 2023. The mayors of Alberta’s two largest cities say they expect a good relationship with a re-elected United Conservative Party government, despite its loss of seats in Calgary and Edmonton. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
The mayors of Alberta’s two largest cities say they expect a good relationship with a re-elected United Conservative Party government, despite its loss of seats in Calgary and Edmonton.
Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek adds that all politicians need to stand up against hate and divisiveness.
Gondek and Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi say the cities and the province need to work together to address affordability.
Sohi adds that it’s unfortunate Edmonton won’t have any representation in the provincial government.
Danielle Smith’s UCP dominated outside the two big cities while retaining enough support in Calgary to lessen the pain of an NDP sweep in Edmonton and win a second consecutive majority government.
Several of Smith’s cabinet ministers were unseated, including former health minister Jason Copping and former mental health and addiction minister Nicholas Milliken in Calgary, as well as deputy premier Kaycee Madu in Edmonton.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 30, 2023.
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