Review finds lack of medication not a factor in death of woman’s guard

A woman who died after being found unconscious in London police cells did not die because the cell supervisor denied her request to be taken to hospital for medication for a heart condition, according to a new police report.

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A woman who died after being found unconscious in London police cells did not die because the cell supervisor denied her request to be taken to hospital for medication for a heart condition, according to a new police report.

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The report sent Thursday to the police commission sheds new light on the November situation. 13, 2019, death of Amanda Bolt, 28 years old.

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Ontario’s police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), charged the sergeant. Kevin Lui, 45, failed to provide the necessities of life, but the Crown dropped the charge last fall.

Bolt was arrested on November 11. 2, 2019, and was being held pending a bail hearing the following day. She told the officer in charge of the detention unit that she needed medication for various conditions, including a heart condition, the Insp report said. Sean Travis, the head of London Police Professional Standards Branch.

The two-page report does not name Lui, who was working as a cell supervisor at the time.

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“The deceased asked to be taken to hospital for medication. . . (He) did not send the deceased to the hospital and instead arranged for the medication to be obtained from a pharmacy the following day “, says the report.

Bolt was found unresponsive in her cell the following day and given naloxone – a nasal spray used to reverse the effects of opioid overdoses – before being taken to hospital, where she died 10 days later. the SIU said previously.

The watchdog named two officers as subjects of its investigation, but later listed one of the officers involved as a witness and charged Lui on March 3, 2021.

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  2. London Police Sgt.  Kevin Lui, right, is charged with the death in police custody of 28-year-old Amanda Bolt in 2019.

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The charge was dropped on October 18, 2021, after the Crown said it could not establish that Lui’s failure to obtain Bolt’s medication created a risk to his life, police said. from London. says the report.

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“The medical opinions submitted by the Crown and the defense both agreed with the pathologist who performed the autopsy of the deceased and reviewed his medical history, that the lack of heart medication did not cause or contribute to his death,” the report said.

Lui was initially placed in administrative duties after Bolt’s death, but was suspended after the SIU charged him. It remained suspended while the internal police investigation was ongoing.

A London police spokesman did not respond to an inquiry into Lui’s working status on Tuesday.

Bolt’s brother Chris said his sister’s troubled past doesn’t define her.

“. . . She was more than her rap sheet. He was a person,” he wrote in an exchange on Facebook Messenger.

As part of the internal police investigation into the actions of Lui and other officers, investigators reviewed police policies, resulting in changes to prisoner handling procedures that have since been implemented, indicates the report.

“This review also resulted in the removal of charge handling and other administrative responsibilities from cell personnel,” the report said. “With this change, the primary duty of caring for inmates is further strengthened.”

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