Shooting Sparks Protest
Approximately 100 protestors marched from Bear Park in Hobbema 10km north up Highway 2A on a lane closed to traffic by the RCMP.
August was only a few days old when a Wetaskiwin RCMP officer pulled over a vehicle near Pigeon Lake to conduct an impaired driving investigation. It is reported that when the officer attempted to arrest one individual, a confrontation with the other four males from inside the vehicle occurred. The officer, feeling threatened, drew his police service weapon and fired several shots. A 30-year-old man reported to be Lance Cutarm, 30, died while Larron Cutarm, 41, was shot twice in the chest. The officer was working alone in a marked police vehicle. The RCMP cruiser was fitted with a video camera, which will help with investigations.
On Wednesday, September 25th, approximately100 protestors left from Bear Park in Hobbema at 9:30 am and walked 10km north up Highway 2A on a lane closed to traffic by the RCMP. The closure was conducted to ensure safety of the protestors. The protestors returned to Bear Park on the southbound lane, again closed to vehicle traffic for safety reasons.
The protestors carried signs bearing messages like ‘Serve and protect, not shoot and neglect’; RCMP should be held accountable for RCMP actions’; ‘Once we were hunters, now we are hunted’; ‘Justice will not be served until those who are affected are as outraged as those who are’ It was clear the protest was directed to the death of Lance Cutarm and shooting of Larron Cutarm.
The investigation is ongoing. It has been reported that Lance Cutarm has a lengthy criminal record including a manslaughter conviction in Edmonton. The injured man is his older brother Larron. Larry and Larron were convicted in 1994 of aggravated assault in the beating death of 32-year-old Charles Rowan of Wetaskiwin. The original charge was second-degree murder.