Canada: Investigative delay hits two years for Little Red River Cree Nation youth who claims head injury from Edmonton police

“Pacey Dumas was hospitalized with a severe head injury on Dec. 9, 2020, which required doctors to remove a section of his skull. In a lawsuit, Dumas and his family say the injury was caused by an Edmonton Police Service officer. He was 19 at the time of the incident.”

Reporting from the Edmonton Journal: “Dumas claims in a lawsuit filed last year that Const. Ben Todd kicked him in the head without provocation as he lay on the ground during a December 2020 arrest.

The injury required hospitalization for nine days, during which doctors removed a tennis ball-sized piece of the then-19-year-old’s skull to relieve pressure on his brain.

Pacey’s brother Blair, who was a year older, was also arrested outside the family home that evening, though neither brother was charged with a crime. Heather Steinke-Attia, the family’s lawyer, said Blair died suddenly March 23, 2022, and that the family remains in the dark about the status of the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) investigation.”

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