Alberta RCMP are investigating the actions of a person after a collection of occasions that led to police raiding two properties the place no crimes have been being dedicated.
Mounties say the person’s household referred to as police on Nov. 2 after they obtained textual content messages from him saying he had been kidnapped and was being held at gunpoint and knifepoint.
Officers say they traced the person’s whereabouts to 2 North Edmonton properties the place they believed he had been earlier that day. Closely-armed tactical groups from the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) then raided each properties.
The person was later discovered secure at a special location, and RCMP decided there had been no abduction.
James Potts, whose house was one of many two raided by police, instructed CTV Information Edmonton that his mother and father and his youngsters, who he lives with, are traumatized.
Residence surveillance video obtained by CTV Nationwide Information exhibits police raiding the house of the Potts household.
Timestamps on the video point out police arrived simply earlier than 5:20 p.m., concurrently getting into the house by way of the yard and approaching the entrance door with a vehicle-mounted battering ram.
Within the yard, video exhibits EPS officers with their weapons drawn, directing the Potts household—a gaggle of youngsters, youngsters and their grandmother—to get down on the bottom. At one level, an officer may be seen tearing off a teenaged boy’s t-shirt earlier than telling him to lie down on his abdomen on the pavement.
“Why are we getting arrested?,” a lady may be heard asking within the video. One officer responds: “Arms out to your aspect.”
The identical lady asks officers “We’re not going to be shot, proper?”
“No, you will not,” responds an officer.
Potts was additionally briefly taken into custody throughout the raid.
“I simply can not consider how this tactical crew handled my household and these youngsters. It is unbelievable. It is like one thing you’ll see out of a film,” Potts stated.
Alberta RCMP Cpl. Troy Savinkoff instructed CTV Nationwide Information “We positively remorse what occurred.”
Police say the groups that entered the properties have been doing their greatest to guard the protection of everybody concerned.
“A kidnapping scenario the place a gun’s probably being held to any person is a really dynamic scenario,” stated Cpl. Savinkoff.
“These officers have been going into that residence with the most effective intentions, considering they have been saving any person’s life.”
Police say they’re now conducting a “public mischief” investigation—wanting into the actions of the person who allegedly instructed relations he had been kidnapped, in addition to others.