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After calls to share the video, the Edmonton Police Service released surveillance footage confirming a series of incidents in the inner city last week that led to the arrest of a woman with a knife.

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Last Thursday afternoon, a 12-second video was recorded by a bystander of a conversation with a woman and a member of the Edmonton Police Service on 100 Street between 105 and 106 Avenues.

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Appropriate or excessive force? Questions arose after Edmonton police pushed the woman to the ground during the arrest

Global News and other news organizations submitted requests to police to release surveillance footage showing the events more clearly, but those requests were denied until Thursday, when the video was played at a Police Commission meeting.

Edmonton criminal defense lawyer Tom Engel, who is known for calling out police conduct, originally raised concerns with Global News at the time, questioning whether the woman was holding a knife because he said it was unclear in the original video. He called for a public inquiry.

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Newly released surveillance video shows from two different angles what appears to be an argument between two women on the sidewalk next to the Hope Mission in Chinatown.

One of the women had a knife in her waistband and in the video she is seen pulling it out and grabbing it while having a conversation with another woman.

A screenshot from a video shows two women talking on 100 Street near 106 Avenue in Chinatown, before one is arrested by Edmonton police on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. A woman was armed with a knife.

Credit: Edmonton Police Service

The two women stepped off the sidewalk and into the middle of 100 Street, where silent video shows them continuing to gesture and address each other.

A minute or so later, an EPS cruiser is seen turning down 106 Avenue toward the women, who begin walking away from each other as the officer exits.

A woman with a knife is seen walking past the officer without stopping.

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Police said the woman claimed to be a gang member and refused to drop the knife.

That’s when the officer tackled the woman to the ground and arrested her — Edmonton Police Association president Mike Elliott said because of the weapon was the safest for everyone involved.

In its statement last week, EPS said the officer was faced with a decision about how much force to use, given the woman was armed, and decided “to use as little force as possible to safely push her to the ground.” Force will be required. Arrest the suspect.”

Elliott said the other options were for the officer to draw his weapon, use his Taser on the woman or strike her with his baton.

An Edmonton Police Service image obtained of a knife after an officer interacted with a woman on 100 Street near 106 Avenue in Chinatown on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022.

Credit: Edmonton Police Service

The woman was arrested for possessing a weapon dangerous to the public but in the end, EPS said no charges were laid.

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A statement from EPS Corporate Communications on Monday said “intoxication was believed to be a factor in the weapons complaint” and there was no “willing complainant”, so no charges were laid. Instead, the woman’s outstanding warrant was processed, she was fed and later released.

A screenshot from a video shows two women talking on 100 Street near 106 Avenue in Chinatown, before one is arrested by Edmonton police on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. A woman was armed with a knife.

Credit: Edmonton Police Service

A short video recorded on a cellphone quickly went viral on the internet and was widely shared, Including by some on the city council.

The interaction sparked calls for greater accountability and transparency when it comes to the city’s police force.

Judith Gale with The Bear Clan Patrol Edmonton Beaver Hills House, a community-based organization that provides food and assistance to vulnerable people, called on officers to equip body cameras and cruisers with dash cameras.

Temitope Oriola, a professor of criminology at the University of Alberta, said the situation highlights the challenges of law enforcement in the digital age, but added that more efforts should be made to talk to the woman before using force to disarm her.

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A woman was pushed to the ground by police in central Edmonton


A woman was pushed to the ground by police in central Edmonton

After reviewing the incident, police said last week there was no basis for an investigation by the EPS Professional Standards Branch.

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