ASIRT to review investigation into Lethbridge police stormtrooper incident

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The Lethbridge Police Service says the independent body responsible for police oversight in the province will review an ongoing investigation into officer actions earlier this month.

The Medicine Hat police service is currently conducting a review into the actions of several Lethbridge police officers who drew their weapons and handcuffed a female employee at a Star Wars Themed restaurant who was dressed as a stormtrooper and carrying a toy gun. The 19-year-old was promoting the business on Star Wars Day outside the restaurant.

A video of the incident was posted online and went viral around the world, widely drawing condemnation.

A day later, after it was determined The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) would not investigate the incident, Lethbridge’s police chief asked the Medicine Hat Police Service to conduct an external investigation into the incident.

According to a release from the Lethbridge Police Service, ASIRT will review Medicine Hat’s investigation once it is complete to ensure it was carried out objectively and independently.

ASIRT’s review may include recommendations, but it will not assess if any officer committed a criminal offence.

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