‘It’s very confusing’: Family waits for answers after Calgary man dies in police custody


The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating the death of Sonny Crazy Bull, 41, who died in Calgary police custody on Oct. 23.

Police say the cause of his death is unknown.

Family and friends gathered to honor Crazy Bull at a Calgary C-Train station – the place where he was arrested.

“It’s very confusing and we’re all in just a shock,” said Crazy Bull’s niece, Farrah Hart, who says her uncle was perfectly healthy the morning of his arrest.

“We don’t really know what to think and we just want justice.”

According to a statement by Calgary Police, Crazy Bull, who is from the Blood Tribe, was arrested following reports of a man in possession of an airsoft gun. He ended up being charged with breach-related offenses.

Police also stated that during a routine cell check, he was eating his meal. By the next check, Crazy Bull was unresponsive in his cell.

“We just want to know what happened to my uncle because we want to honor his life,” Hart said.

According to the ASIR, no further details of Crazy Bull’s death will be released until the investigation is complete.

A celebration of life will be held in early November.

The ASIRT investigate all interactions between the public and police involving injury or death in the province.

Video Journalist / Calgary

Tamara is Métis from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She received a diploma in interactive media arts at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon and has worked as a videographer for CBC in Winnipeg and Iqaluit. Tamara was hired by APTN in 2016 as a camera/editor and is now a video journalist in our Calgary bureau.