Defence lawyer Tom Engel watched the first episode that went up Friday on the Edmonton Police Service's YouTube channel. He told CBC News he was very disturbed by the apparent abuse of police power and breaches of Charter rights he saw.
The series follows Squad Seven as "they confront crime and disorder in the city's west end," according to the police service's news release.
"When The Squad responds you know justice will prevail."
The slickly-produced 4 1/2-minute debut segment, which had more than 7,000 views as of Monday morning, shows Edmonton officers and a police dog combing the thick underbrush of the city's river valley at night for a screaming man.
He eludes them for some time before stumbling into the arms of other cops waiting on a nearby road.Read More »from ‘Cops’-style Edmonton police videos on YouTube causing controversy