Police chief told to lay disciplinary charges in Stanley Cup arrest

Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht has been directed to charge a constable under the Police Act over how she arrested lawyer Brian Fish on Whyte Avenue during the 2006 Stanley Cup celebrations
Lawyer Brian Fish speaks to media after a hearing at the Law Enforcement Review Board in Edmonton in October 2013. (CBC)

Edmonton police Chief Rod Knecht has been directed to lay disciplinary charges against a constable who arrested lawyer Brian Fish on Whyte Avenue during the 2006 Stanley Cup celebrations.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board looked at Knecht’s decision last year to dismiss complaints against three officers involved in controlling the celebrations.

In a ruling released Tuesday, the board upheld Knecht’s decision on two of the officers but directed him to lay charges of discreditable conduct and unlawful or unnecessary use of authority against Const. Denise Turkawski. 

On June 17, 2006, Fish’s son Nigel was on Whyte Avenue for the celebrations that broke out after the Edmonton Oilers won Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final.

After his friend was arrested, Nigel Fish called his father to tell him police were “out of control."

When Brian Fish showed up, he started taking pictures. Police told him to stop but he refused.

One officer pulled him to the ground while another twice used a Taser on him. Fish was arrested and taken to cells but was released several hours later without charges. .

Since then, Fish has twice filed appeals with the LERB.

The board wants Turkawski to face a disciplinary hearing for allegedly pulling Fish to the ground and using profane language with him during the arrest. She is not the officer who used the Taser on him.