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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:

 

http://justice.alberta.ca/programs_services/fatality/Documents/fatality-report-Mills.pdf

 



Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 4/20/2014 2:18:35 PM
Source: Dori Modney (@Dori_Modney on Twitter) -- Country 95 News
 
 
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