SIRT called in to investigate death in police custody

Nick Moase
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LIVERPOOL - The Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) is being called in to investigate the death of a man in police custody. 

On July 8 at 11:16 p.m., RCMP were called to a report of an intoxicated male on Riverhead Road in Port Mouton. RCMP arrived and located the intoxicated 40-year-old male laying on the ground. Emergency Health Services (EHS) paramedics attended and assessed him prior to police to lodging him in cells.

Shortly before 2 a.m. the man was found unresponsive in his cell. Paramedics were called in, but unable to revive him. He was transported to the Queens General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death.

The RCMP has referred to the Nova Scotia SIRT for investigation in accordance to the Police Act. 

The Serious Incident Response Team is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia, whether or not there is an allegation of wrongdoing. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald. The team can independently launch, or begin an investigation after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public. The Police Act requires the director to file a public report summarizing the result of the investigation within three months after it is finished.

Organizations: RCMP, Health Services, EHS Queens General Hospital

Geographic location: Riverhead Road, Port Mouton, Nova Scotia

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