LETHBRIDGE - UPDATE: The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has also issued a statement indicating that Lethbridge Police are now investigating death threats against the unnamed officer. The statement also indicates that the video will be secured as evidence.
"While the video publicly released is evidence, which must now be properly secured, it reportedly captures only a portion of the incident. A full, fair and objective investigation must include additional investigative steps to ensure admissible evidence as to what occurred prior to the commencement of the video, the circumstances surrounding the taking of the video and chain of custody, the identification and interview of available witnesses, relevant communications and training, and securing any other evidence that may be relevant to the event."
Lethbridge Police have issued a public statement in regards to the enoromous public concern over a video showing a Lethbridge Police Officer running over an injured deer numerous times in a 15 minute time span, before killing it. Lethbridge New NOW has also confirmed that the officer in question remains on active, regular duties.
Here is the LPS statement in full:
"The Lethbridge Police Service and the Lethbridge Police Commission Public Complaints Director are receiving a significant volume of calls and currently has a large backlog of voicemails, emails and social media messages regarding the video of an officer and an injured deer.
We understand this situation is extremely upsetting to the community and those who have viewed the video have been deeply impacted. LPS takes this matter very seriously and can assure the public the incident is under full investigation by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team with the assistance of both Alberta Fish and Wildlife and the Alberta SPCA.
While we appreciate the many concerns that have been expressed to us, regrettably we do not have the capacity to respond directly to every individual call and message.
We are asking the public to exercise patience to allow the independent investigation by ASIRT to progress without interference. Once the investigation has been completed, ASIRT will report publicly on the matter including a review of the evidence and any determinations made.
In order to protect the integrity of the ongoing ASIRT investigation, the Lethbridge Police Service and Lethbridge Police Commission are not permitted to comment further.
Any members of the public who may have directly witnessed or recorded any portion of the incident is asked to contact ASIRT at 403-592-4306."
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