Victim assaulted while detained and then released in river valley


Incident Title
Victim assaulted while detained and then released in river valley
Incident ID
Incident Description
The victim, at the time unhoused and dealing with substance use issues, was asked to leave a 7-11 store. Police intervened while he was sleeping in the store, made physical contact to wake him up and asked him to leave. He returned to the store and was asked to leave again as he would be charged with public intoxication and trespass. The victim and the police travelled about three blocks before the incident continued. The victim was threatened with arrest for not identifying himself. While being handcuffed, Cst. O'Mara took the victim to the ground, punching him twice in the head, once while already handcuffed. Witnesses decribed the force as being excessive, recalling that the victim's head hit the pavement hard, causing a cut and substantial bleeding, with blood left on the sidewalk. The police then loaded the victim in the car and drove him south of the river to a different neighbourhood before releasing him. The police disabled the computer system that controlled GPS tracking before driving the victim, and only filed a report of a "Street Check".
Incident Date
Incident City
Incident Neighbourhood
Type of Abuse
Physical violence;
Forced ride/starlight tour;
Forced removal from public space
Injuries Incurred
Abrasion on forehead;
Emotional distress
Victim Gender
Victim Disabilities
Unspecified - referenced in news article
Victim Sexual Orientation
Not listed
Authority Involved
Edmonton Police Service
Officer Name
Matthew O'Mara;
Holly Beutler
Officer Badge Number
Court Cases
R v O’Mara, 2019 ABPC 257;
R v O'Mara, 2020 ABPC 201
Submission Source
External Database Import
Submission Source Affiliation
Alberta Police Misconduct Database
Alberta Police Misconduct Database
Submission Source Link
Alberta Police Misconduct Database
Additional Details
APMD original incident ID: i-RJalMU7eRZ7aiI
Multimedia Type
Archive Publication Date
August 9, 2022
Archive Last Update
August 9, 2022
destroying evidence;
unhoused person;
Alberta Police Misconduct Database
From published source
Complaint Resolution
Police Officer O'Mara was found guilty and sentenced to 18 months of probation.