Unhoused Indigenous individuals rounded up by EPS and transported to other side of city in "sweatbox" incident


Incident Title
Unhoused Indigenous individuals rounded up by EPS and transported to other side of city in "sweatbox" incident
Incident ID
Incident Description
On or around May 20th, 2005, a group of 9 unhoused Indigenous peoples--6 men and 3 women--were picked up by EPS officers Hannas, Blackburn and Sauter on Whyte Avenue and locked in a police van. No one was told why they were being detained. The van lacked seatbelts and there was not enough room for all individuals to sit on the bench, forcing some to sit on the floor. The van was also hot and crowded, but officers refused to roll down windows or turn on air conditioning. They also denied bathroom requests from the individuals, resulting in one woman urinating on the floor of the vehicle. After being driven around for about 90 minutes with frequent sudden stops and forceful turns that made them fall into each other, they were later let out of the van in the area of 127 Avenue and 82 Street on the other side of the city.
Incident Date
Incident City
Incident Neighbourhood
Type of Abuse
Forced removal from public space;
Disregard of dignity;
Psychological harm
Injuries Incurred
Loss of dignity
Victim Race
First Nations, Inuit and Metis
Victim Gender
Victim Sexual Orientation
Not listed
Authority Involved
Edmonton Police Service
Officer Name
Graham Blackburn;
Lael Sauter;
Patrick Hannas
Officer Badge Number
217 (Hannas);
2402 (Blackburn)
Submission Source
External Database Import
Submission Source Affiliation
Alberta Police Misconduct Database
Submission Source Link
Additional Details
APMD original incident ID: i-0AIeTrQ31DpmVe
Multimedia Type
Still image (screenshot)
Archive Publication Date
August 9, 2022
Archive Last Update
August 9, 2022
discreditable conduct;
abuse of authority;
Alberta Police Misconduct Database
From published source
Complaint Resolution
Cleared of charges
Media Coverage