On Aug. 24, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an encounter between a 51-year-old Strathmore woman, her 25-year-old son and members of the RCMP during an Aug. 21 traffic stop that reportedly resulted in injury to both the woman and her adult son.
According to an RCMP news release, “On Aug. 21, at about 5 p.m., the woman was a passenger in a vehicle operated by her adult son when they were pulled over by a member of the Strathmore RCMP within the town of Strathmore.” Police say the vehicle pulled over into a parking lot near the KFC fast food restaurant located on Ridge Road.
During the course of the traffic stop, additional RCMP officers arrived on the scene. The driver was arrested, taken into custody, and charged with uttering threats, obstruction of a peace officer and resisting arrest. He was released the next day.
On Aug. 22, the woman posted a video on social media alleging that there had been no reason for the traffic stop and that it was retaliation for a complaint made to the RCMP on an earlier date. The video alleges that her son had been unnecessarily and repeatedly subjected to the use of a conducted energy weapon, commonly referred to as a taser, and that both had been subjected to unnecessary uses of force, resulting in injury. The woman shared the video and complained about the incident to public officials.
ASIRT is asking any members of the public who may have witnessed the events on Aug. 21, 2020, or who may have available video of the incident, to please contact investigators at 403-592-4306.
As the investigation is at its outset, no further information will be released publicly.