Friday, August 22, 2014

ASIRT to investigate allegations regarding Colton Crowshoe case

Colton Crowshoe
Government of Alberta press release

ASIRT’s mandate is to effectively, independently and objectively investigate, as directed by the Director of Law Enforcement, matters of a serious or sensitive nature related to the actions of a police officer in Alberta.

In that capacity, on August 19, 2014 ASIRT was directed to investigate interactions members of the Calgary Police Service (CPS) had with 18-year old Colton Crowshoe in the days preceding his disappearance and also into allegations of a possible breach of trust in the handling of the Colton Crowshoe missing person complaint filed July 6, 2014.

On July 2, 2014, members of the CPS had contact with Mr. Crowshoe and he was taken into custody and subsequently released in the early morning hours of July 2, 2014.

On July 6, 2014, the CPS received a missing person complaint from the family of Mr. Crowshoe who was believed to have been last seen on the evening of July 3, 2014. On July 24, 2014, his body was recovered from a pond in the Abbeydale area of NE Calgary. On July 25, 2014, Mr. Crowshoe’s death was ruled a homicide.

While the CPS is conducting the investigation into Mr. Crowshoe’s homicide, ASIRT’s focus remains on the interaction Mr. Crowshoe had with members of the CPS prior to his having been reported missing, as well as and the conduct of the Calgary Police Service Missing Person investigation.

Update, August 22:

Clarification of ASIRT release

Calgary Police Service

In an effort to clarify an earlier press release issued by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), please note the Calgary Police Service proactively requested an independent review into previous interactions between officers and Colton Crowshoe, as well as the missing person investigation.

This request was made to the Director of Law Enforcement on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in order to ensure full transparency and public confidence of the case and CPS actions.

Because this matter is under review by ASIRT, no further comment will be made by CPS. The homicide investigation into Crowshoe’s death continues. Updates will be given as they become available.

Statement from the Alberta Director of Law Enforcement

Bill Sweeney, Director of Law Enforcement, Alberta Justice and Solicitor General

August 22, 2014

Earlier today a news release was issued by ASIRT regarding its investigation into allegations made against the Calgary Police Service with respect to Mr. Colton Crowshoe. The Calgary Police Service requested that I, as the Director of Law Enforcement assign the file to ASIRT. In my role as the Director of Law Enforcement, I assessed the request and found it was within the scope of ASIRT’s mandate under the Police Act.

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