May 05, 2009 12:51 ET

Dying Mother's Children Taken Away in the Night by the Lethbridge Police Service

Law Enforcement Review Board Sets Hearing to Investigate

LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 5, 2009) - On August 2nd 2005, at 11:30 at night, Monica Pomahac-Lansing, a 41 year old, single mother, who was dying from Leukemia had her three children taken away from her by the Lethbridge Police Service (LPS).

The children's pleas to remain with their mother were ignored and Monica was threatened with arrest. Hours later, she died without ever seeing her children again.

A video of this tragedy entitled "Leukikia" can be found on youtube or at www.leukikia.ca.

In 2006 a complaint was filed with the Law Enforcement Review Board (LERB) by Monica's sister - Andrea Glover.

The constable who took Monica's children away has since resigned from the LPS. Another constable that was involved in a call that disrupted the family while they were making funeral arrangements has also left the force.

"A person gets sick... that doesn't mean they can't see their children anymore, that doesn't make sense to me."

Monica Pomahac-Lansing (1964-2005)

Due to the injustice Monica Pomahac-Lansing suffered, the Canadian Divorce Act was changed in 2007 to ensure that terminally ill parents would have the chance to see their children before they die.

A Law Enforcement Review Board hearing into the actions of the Lethbridge Police Service is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on May 26th - May 29th, 2009, at the Lethbridge Court House, 320 - 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

This hearing is open to the public and the Family asks all media to attend.

The Family will hold a press conference in front of the Court House at 8:00 a.m. prior to the hearing on May 26th.

An extended press kit is available at: http://leukikia.110mb.com/

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