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VIDEO: Officers pulls Taser on ice hockey player after crowd breaks coronavirus restrictions

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 12/20/2020 Emma Colton
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A viral video out of Canada shows a Calgary police officer pull his Taser on a pickup ice hockey player in connection to breaking coronavirus restrictions.

"I just told you, you're going against the health regulation in Alberta," one officer told the player after about 40 people gathered at an outdoor rink, which breaks coronavirus restrictions.

"What is it? What's the health regulation?" the 21-year-old player asked.

"Why are you guys grabbing me?" he then asked.

"Get on the ground! Get on the f------ ground! Get on the ground before I f------ Taser you!” an officer in the video is heard saying.

The man was then arrested and charged with obstructing an officer, resisting arrest, and violating the public health act.

The Calgary Police Department released a statement on the video, saying it “only shows a portion of what was a long interaction.”

"The arrested man was asked multiple times to comply with the restrictions," the statement added.

Calgary Police Supt. Ryan Ayliffe said during a press conference on Friday that bylaw officers asked the police for assistance because the skaters were not maintaining distance between each other.

"The place we want to be as the police service is just one where we can have those conversations, work through these things, and show that we will not tolerate people that don't want to willfully comply," Ayliffe said. "But we also want to make sure there's compassion when we deal with people who are trying very hard to get through a very difficult time."

Tags: News, Canada, Coronavirus, Police, Tasers

Original Author: Emma Colton

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