"The officer considered his use of force options, given the suspect was armed, and determined pushing her to the ground would require the least amount of force possible to allow him to safely arrest the suspect."
In the 12 second video posted to social media by Judith Gale of Bear Clan Beaver Hills House, a woman is seen walking, when an EPS officer comes up from behind her and using both hands, shoves the woman down onto the road. After falling onto her side, the officer then kneels down to arrest her.
In a statement on Friday, Edmonton police spokesperson Cheryl Voordenhout said the video depicts an arrest made on Thursday after an officer responded to a weapons complaint near 100 Street and 106 Avenue at about 4:10 p.m.
"The officer was driving in the area when he was flagged down by an individual who said two women, one with a knife, were about to fight. The officer responded and observed one woman with a knife"
“The officer directed the woman to drop the knife, but she refused, expressing her affiliation to a criminal gang, and walked away in an area where bystanders were present,” Voordenhout said.
“The officer considered his use of force options, given the suspect was armed, and determined pushing her to the ground would require the least amount of force possible to allow him to safely arrest the suspect. That is what is seen in the video.”
The video does not show what led up to the incident.
EPS says the woman, who they say was not injured, has been charged with possession of a dangerous weapon and has since been released.
ASSAULT BY EDMONTON POLICE OFFICER!!!Posted by Judith Ann Gale on Friday, September 16, 2022