Man in mental health crisis tasered and arrested by police


Incident Title
Man in mental health crisis tasered and arrested by police
Incident ID
Incident Description
On February 7th, 2017, after an argument with his father, an individual stated he would take his own life and left the residence with a hunting knife. Officers J. Blezy and D. McFarland were dispatched to his location and found the individual searching his vehicle, but upon being approach stated he had no knife. He was tased and arrested before being taken to a hospital. Months later on August 5th, 2017, the individual was arrested again by officers Strickland, Wagner, and Li, and allegedly assaulted by Wagner. During a verbal altercation at the police station with Strickland, he was allegedly told that he should kill himself as it'd save the police from further paperwork.
Incident Date
Incident City
Type of Abuse
Physical violence;
Psychological harm;
Injuries Incurred
Emotional distress;
Weapon used
Victim Gender
Victim Sexual Orientation
Not listed
Authority Involved
Edmonton Police Service
Officer Name
J. Blezy;
D. McFarland;
M. Li;
J. Strickland;
Matthew Wagner
Officer Badge Number
3583 (Blezy);
3889 (McFarland);
3031 (Strickland);
3476 (Wagner);
3307 (Li)
Court Cases
MN v Edmonton (Police Service), 2019 ABLERB 019
Submission Source
External Database Import
Submission Source Affiliation
Alberta Police Misconduct Database
Submission Source Link
Additional Details
APMD original incident ID: i-0d8FLeZyHqtLNO
Archive Publication Date
August 9, 2022
Archive Last Update
August 9, 2022
Excessive force;
Unnecessary Exercise of Authority;
Wellness check;
Alberta Police Misconduct Database
From published source
Complaint Resolution
Law Enforcement Review Board;