Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Officers Tells Inquest That Psychiatric Centre Needs Video Cameras

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Officers Tells Inquest That Psychiatric Centre Needs Video Cameras

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Officer says psych centre needs cameras

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SASKATOON - A Saskatoon police sergeant has told an inquest into Kinew James' death that video cameras be installed at the city's Regional Psychiatric Centre.

James died of cardiac arrest in January 2013 after she was found unresponsive in her cell at the facility.

The 35-year-old was serving a 15-year sentence for manslaughter, assault, uttering threats, arson, mischief and obstruction of justice.

Staff Sgt. Vince Ashmeade, the investigating officer, says video cameras would have confirmed James' interactions with correctional officers, nurses and other inmates on the day she died.

James' fellow inmates told the Elizabeth Fry Society, an advocacy group for women in the justice system, that she had asked for help from staff numerous times on the day she died.

The societies has said it hopes the inquest in Saskatoon will lead to better care for aboriginal women with mental health issues who are serving time in prison. …

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