The Commission has retained a retired Alberta Court of King’s Bench Justice to conduct an independent review of the Chinatown events from earlier this year.
The Honourable Donna L. Shelley, KC spent 15 years on the Court of King’s Bench after a 25-year law career. She has also served as chair of the Law Enforcement Review Board, and as a board member of the Canadian Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement.
Ms. Shelley will serve as an independent third party to assist in reviewing the circumstances of the accused individual’s arrival and stay in Edmonton.
The review is intended to:
- assess how and when the Edmonton Police Service interacted with the accused person;
- examine applicable police policies;
- review publicly available reports or proceedings from other bodies such as the RCMP, Probation, or the court process;
- provide updates to the Commission with respect to knowledge gained through monitoring ongoing processes/proceedings; and
- produce a final report for the Commission once all legal proceedings are concluded.
The report will outline all known information, potential gaps in knowledge, and recommend how the Commission could address knowledge gaps going forward. It is anticipated that the final report will become available within a few months after the conclusion of the accused’s legal proceedings.
While the Commission and Ms. Shelley are unable to provide further comment on this matter at this time, the Commission remains committed to keeping the public updated as the process unfolds.