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December 21, 2011
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Judge: Jail death video should be training tool

Officers thought the man who died was faking his symptoms


EDMONTON — An Alberta judge is recommending a holding-cell video which records the death of a man from alcohol poisoning be used to train RCMP recruits.

The training video would help officers decide when an intoxicated prisoner needs medical help, wrote provincial court Judge William Andreassen in his fatality inquiry report Monday.

Sylvester Omeasoo, 47, died in an RCMP holding cell three years ago after he was arrested by police for public drunkenness. An autopsy showed Omeasoo's blood alcohol level to be between 520 and 580 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood — about seven times the legal limit to drive.

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