August 15, 2014 3:37 pm
Updated: August 15, 2014 5:46 pm

Police custody death inquest recommends retraining in CPR, first aid

File photo of a police jail cell. Mandatory recertification in CPR, first aid for jail guards and police officers recommended after inquest into Prince Albert, Sask. police custody death.

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PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – An inquest jury in Saskatchewan is recommending mandatory recertification in CPR and first aid for jail guards and police officers.

The coroner’s inquest was called after the death two years ago of Morris Ermine, 77.

Ermine was found unresponsive in a Prince Albert police cell and was later pronounced dead in a Saskatoon hospital.

Ermine had been picked up by police for public intoxication.

The jury also suggested better communication between police and the local health authority, increased capacity in detox programs and the hiring of a cardiologist to perform angiograms.

Over the course of the three-day inquest this week, the jury heard testimony from witnesses and saw police video of the night Ermine was taken into custody.

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