CARDSTON: A judge has called for better monitoring of injured prisoners in Southern
Alberta, as a result of a fatality inquiry into the death of an inmate at the
Blood Tribe Police Station.
The inquiry looked into the June 1st, 2011
death of 48-year old Curtis Justin Mills, who was put in a holding cell when he
showed up intoxicated for an annual sex offender review.
Mills fell and
struck his head on a concrete floor after he got up to get a meal tray. The man
never lost consciousness and an officer checked Mills in the cell. E-M-S was
called to check Mills but staff thought he was going through alcohol withdrawal
and decided not send him to hospital.
Although Mills was checked throughout the night, he was found dead in the
holding cell the next morning.
The cause of death in this case was determined to be accidental, as a result
of "Head trauma due to unprotected backwards fall while in police custody".
The inquiry was held in Cardston between January 9th and 11th of 2013. In a
report to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Provincial Court Judge
Paul G. Pharo, who headed the fatality inquiry, stated staff need to monitor
injured prisoners more frequently and conduct visual checks, rather than
watching them on video monitors.
The full Fatality Inquiry report and the list of the recommendations can be
viewed at the following link: