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Investigation launched into Calgary police dealings with Piikani Nation man

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Colton Crowshoe

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team has been ordered to investigate how Calgary police dealt with a Piikani Nation man shortly before he was murdered in the city.
The Alberta director of law enforcement last week directed the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team to review Calgary Police Service’s dealings with Colton Crowshoe.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is mandated to independently and objectively investigate matters of a serious or sensitive nature related to the actions of a police officer in Alberta.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team was directed on Aug. 19 to investigate interactions members of Calgary Police Service had with 18-year-old Crowshoe in the days before his disappearance.
Included in the investigation is a review of allegations of a possible breach of trust in the handling of the Crowshoe missing person complaint filed July 6.
According to a new release Friday, on July 2 members of Calgary Police Service had contact with Crowshoe and he was taken into custody.
Crowshoe was subsequently released in the early morning hours of July 2.
On July 6 Calgary Police Service received a missing person complaint from the family of Crowshoe who was believed to have been last seen on the evening of July 3.
On July 24 Crowshoe’s body was recovered from a pond in the Abbeydale area of northeast Calgary.
The following day, Crowshoe’s death was ruled a homicide.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team will focus on the interaction Crowshoe had with Calgary Police Service prior to being reported missing, as well as the conduct of the missing person investigation.
No one has been charged in connection with Crowshoe’s murder, and the case remains open.

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