CALGARY — The man famous for playing Star Trek’s Captain Kirk waded into the Star Wars realm Wednesday to criticize the Lethbridge police on their takedown of a woman in a stormtrooper costume earlier this week.
William Shatner took to social media to tweet his contempt for the Lethbridge police force and its chief.
“Rifles drawn for a plastic toy Cosplayer? Didn’t comply right away? Are you blind Chief?” Shatner wrote above a video that was captured by a bystander.
Captain’s Log Stardate 49: Sending my contempt this morning to the @lethpolice of Alberta, Canada & @LPSChief1. Rifles drawn for a plastic toy Cosplayer? Didn’t comply right away? Are you blind Chief? Watch the video to see how quickly she complied. This cannot be covered up. 😤 https://t.co/b5bmllyfMU
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) May 6, 2020
The incident happened Monday outside a Star Wars-themed restaurant in the southern Alberta city. A 19-year-old employee of the Coco Vanilla Galactic Cantina donned the costume in honour of May the Fourth — a day Star Wars fans celebrate the epic space saga, as the date resembles the famous “may the force be with you” line from the franchise.
The employee danced outside the restaurant in costume, with the toy blaster in-hand, until police rolled up and with guns drawn, ordered the woman to drop her weapon.
According to the employee, she couldn’t hear police through the helmet.