HuffPost (Cold Lake, Alberta)
According to a statement released by RCMP, three officers from the Cold Lake detachment responded to complaints of a noisy party in a parking lot of a community hall early Saturday, Sept. 22. While responding, one of the party organizers asked for police assistance in clearing the crowd. An intoxicated man refused to leave and two officers began the process of putting the man under arrest while the third officer continued crowd control. According to Metro Edmonton, it was the third time police were called to the hall that night.
RCMP have identified the man being arrested as 21-year-old Richard Claybert.
“I can assure Albertans, and those involved, that I have been made aware of the video and have ordered a full review,” RCMP Supt. Randy McGinnis said in the statement. “While I understand my officers were confronted with a volatile and potentially dangerous situation, we will look into the incident to assess if police actions were warranted, appropriate, or excessive.
Claybert told the Edmonton Journal that he had brought his camper attached to a pickup truck to the party, and it was his intention to spend the night there. RCMP told Claybert to go home and that his truck and camper would be towed and impounded. An argument between Claybert and the officers ensued, reports CTV Edmonton.
Claybert, who is hearing impaired, told the Journal that his frustration was climbing and he walked away from the officers.
“And apparently the cop said as I was walking away that I was under arrest. I didn’t hear anything and my friends said they didn’t hear anything either,” he said.
It was then, Claybert told the Journal, that he was pepper sprayed in the face and hit on the back of the leg with a police baton.
RCMP said they did not know Claybert was hearing impaired.