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RCMP officer charged with two counts of assault

February 23, 2024  By Government of Alberta

Feb. 23, 2024, Red Deer, Alta. – On March 14, 2021, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate assaults alleged to have occurred during the arrest of individuals by RCMP officers on Nov. 14, 2020, after a vehicle fled police on a road outside of Lacombe.

Evidence gathered during ASIRT’s investigation provided reasonable grounds to believe that two of the occupants had been assaulted during the arrest process. The investigation was forwarded to the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service (ACPS) to determine whether the evidence met the standard for prosecution.

Following a review of the investigation and having been advised that the ACPS was of the opinion that the evidence met their standard for prosecution, ASIRT Executive Director Michael Ewenson determined that the involved officer should be charged.

On Feb. 22, Cst. Raymond Wallace was charged with two counts of assault under Sec. 266 of the Criminal Code. He was released on an appearance notice and is scheduled to appear in the Red Deer Court of Justice on March 28.

As this matter is now before the courts, no further information will be released.

ASIRT’s mandate is to effectively, independently and objectively investigate incidents involving Alberta’s police that have resulted in serious injury or death to any person, as well as serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct.

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