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Alberta Police Accountability Cracks as ASIRT Head Quits

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Alberta Police Accountability Cracks as ASIRT Head Sarah Hughson Quits

 

CEO Susan Hughson resigned as head after months of complaints about backlogs and funding shortfalls. Recent investigations conducted by ASIRT led to no charges against the officers in these cases. Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Kaycee Madu said this was a planned transition that had been underway for some time.

As recently as November 16th, it appears Mr Madu said he was proud of the work that Alberta’s Serious  Incident Response Team has done and continues to do for the people of our province. He further said: ‘I can assure this House that ASIRT has got the resources that they are needing to continue to do the important work of keeping Albertans safe. 

Many people may not know about the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT). They were created by the Police Act to investigate police officers whose conduct:

  • may have caused serious injuries
  • may have caused death
  • has led to serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct, such as:   breach of trust, obstruction of justice, sexual assault, perjury, theft, fraud.

Here is what the conversation looks like on Twitter.

The UCP government cut ASIRT’s budget by three per cent in 2019-2020, part of an estimated six per cent reduction in overall justice system spending. In late 2021 ASIRT is still closing out police brutality and misconduct investigations from 2018.@isthisforrealca
Since its founding in 2008 , ASIRT has laid criminal charges against 44 officers for everything from assault to sexual assault to fraud to criminal negligence causing death.
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