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Upon completion of the investigation, and based on consultation with the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service (ACPS), on June 5, 2020, two members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Cpl. Randy Stenger and Const. Jessica Brown, were charged with criminal negligence causing death.
Shortly after the officers were charged, responsibility for the prosecution was transferred to prosecutors with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General at the request of the ACPS. After consultation with the Ontario Crown, on Sept. 3, 2020, a replacement Information was sworn jointly charging both officers with the offence of manslaughter. The original Information charging both officers with criminal negligence causing death was withdrawn at the request of the Crown.
As these matters remain before the courts, ASIRT will not provide any further information in relation to this matter.
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.
This release is distributed by the Government of Alberta on behalf of the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team.