ASIRT seeks witnesses after death of woman in hospital custody

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The Alberta Police watchdog is looking for witnesses after Edmonton police arrested a 22-year-old woman who later died in hospital.

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Shortly before 11 p.m. on October 16, police received a call for help regarding the patron of a business on Gateway Boulevard and 34 Avenue, Alberta’s Serious Incident Response Team said. (ASIRT) in a press release on Tuesday.

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Police arrived at 11:04 p.m. and found a woman restrained by a family member before officers handcuffed her and placed her in an upright position, ASIRT said.

Emergency medical services also arrived on the scene and assessed the woman and police released her to her family who intended to take her to hospital.

But when the woman got out of the vehicle and headed out onto the street, her family called for help from officers who were still in the area. They handcuffed her again and placed her in the back of a police vehicle at 11:47 p.m., the police watchdog said.

Police drove the woman to the hospital, arrived at 12:01 a.m., found she was not breathing as they removed her from the vehicle, and began performing CPR until hospital staff take over at 12:08 a.m., ASIRT said, adding that the woman later died. October 18.

ASIRT, an independent agency that investigates Alberta police incidents involving misconduct, serious injury and death, said it is currently investigating and is asking anyone with information about the incident , including video, to call investigators at 780-644-1483.



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