Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Following her arrest, the woman was charged with causing a disturbance, breach of recognizance and was arrested on warrants for theft and failure to appear. She was initially taken to the northeast division facility before being brought to police headquarters, where she was put into the holding cell.

Julie Ali

A number of people have died in police custody and some of them were intoxicated. I wonder if there needs to be medical evaluation of intoxicated citizens held in police custody by medical professionals at the police department because the evaluation of their condition may not be accurate by police who do not have the medical training.
A 55-year-old unidentified woman was found unresponsive in a police holding cell Monday and later died in hospital.
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Woman dies in police custody after being found unresponsive in holding cell

CLARE CLANCY, EDMONTON JOURNAL  08.08.2017
Woman dies in police custody after being found unresponsive in holding cell
Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT).
FILE PHOTO / EDMONTON JOURNAL
Alberta’s police watchdog is investigating the death of a 55-year-old woman who was found unresponsive while in custody at city police headquarters.
The woman — who was arrested after police responded to a call concerning three intoxicated people at the Belvedere LRT station — had been placed in a holding cell with others downtown Sunday, said a Tuesday news release from the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT).
Officers found the woman did not respond and had laboured breathing on the cell floor around 10 a.m. Monday. There were no obvious signs of trauma or injury, the release said.
Paramedics were called and treated the woman. She was taken to hospital in critical condition, where she died Monday evening.
“ASIRT investigators have met with family members and we would like to extend our sincere condolences in the loss of their loved one,” the release said.
The woman’s identity was not released.
An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday.
Following her arrest, the woman was charged with causing a disturbance, breach of recognizance and was arrested on warrants for theft and failure to appear. She was initially taken to the northeast division facility before being brought to police headquarters, where she was put into the holding cell.
The ASIRT probe will focus on whether city police conduct contributed to the woman’s injury or death, the release said.
ASIRT investigates complaints involving serious injury or death of any person, and matters of a serious or sensitive nature that may have resulted from the actions of a police officer.
cclancy@postmedia.com


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