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The Ontario man, who was schizophrenic, died after being beaten by six correctional officers at Lindsay prison in 2016.

Soleiman Faqiri was face down in violation of the rules.

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Soleiman Faqiri was arrested on December 5, 2016 for armed assault and was awaiting bail when he died in custody.

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A former corrections officer who was present when Soleiman Faqiri died says guidelines surrounding the use of force were not followed exactly the day he died in custody because it was necessary to #x27;first tranquilize him before detaching him. Dawn Roselle testifies at the coroner's inquest into the death of the 30-year-old Torontonian at Lindsay jail in 2016.

Dawn Roselle, who worked at the Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General for 14 years, was a supervisor with the rank of sergeant when she worked at the Lindsay Jail.

I didn't know Mr. Faqiri, I helped colleagues transfer him from one confinement wing to another, because he was understaffed when she first saw him on December 13, 2016, two days before his death, she said.

That day, the individual, who was schizophrenic, had been locked up for 4 days in his cell, the walls of which he had soiled with his excrement.

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Surveillance video from December 15, 2016 shows Soleiman Faqiri being moved in a wheelchair from his cell to another isolation wing. Code blue had not yet been decreed.

Ms. Roselle adds that Mr. Faqiri quickly became irritable on December 15, 2016 with staff. He was promised a copy of the Koran when he came out of the showers before taking him back to his cell, she emphasizes.

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She explains that a code blue was declared that day, but that she did not know that it was about Mr. Faqiri. A code blue requires the urgent intervention of additional guards.

I went to lend a hand to guards who were already inside a cell trying to control a prisoner, she recalls.

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Soleiman Faqiri was placed in solitary confinement upon his admission to prison on December 5, 2016, due to his state of mental health.

She explains that 4 or 5 guards were on the individual and that they were trying to handcuff him behind his back because ;he was out of control.

She doesn't remember if the inmate was wearing a spit mask or if he had been pepper sprayed.

I did not know that it was a prisoner with mental health problems, let alone Mr. Faqiri, adds- she specified that she did not know that he had been hit in the head.

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The coroner's jury will have to decide whether the death of Soleiman Faqiri at the Central East Correctional Center was a homicide, a suicide, accidental, natural or undetermined death.

Once the situation was under control, Ms. Roselle claims that she shouted at the prisoner not to move while her colleagues left the cell.

We went out two at a time as a precaution, she said after explaining that Soleiman Faqiri had been overpowered by two agents on the shoulders, by two others on the arms and by two others on the legs.

Ms. Roselle adds that she was, however, concerned when she saw through the door window that her colleagues had left Soleiman Faqiri on his stomach.

Heavy men must instead lie on their sides to help them breathe better and the regulations require us not to leave a handcuffed detainee on the ground, she said.

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The attending physician at Lindsay Prison had decided to treat Soleiman Faqiri in detention, rather than sending him to hospital as the Ministry for Prisoners in Crisis dictated at the time.

Ms. Roselle says the officers intended to let him calm down before entering the cell to untie him.

“We needed a plan on how to release him safely,” she said, acknowledging that her colleagues had used prolonged force. However, she said, she did not witness it: I would have reported them to management if that had been the case.

She adds that she noticed, however, that the detainee was not breathing, because his rib cage was not moving.

Oh my God! What is happening?, she cried, ordering the door to be opened.

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The Lindsay East Central Correctional Center is located in 15 minutes from Ross Memorial Hospital in Kawartha Lakes.

His mask was filled with vomit, she said, adding that nurses were called urgently while Soleiman was being untied Faqiri.

A nurse tried to resuscitate him, she then asked me if the prisoner had been decontaminated after being sprayed with pepper, she emphasizes.

She explains that a colleague responded that the detainee had been sprayed twice and that his face had not been washed with water as required.< /p>

The pepper we use is 100 times more powerful than a hot pepper and the detainee must be decontaminated fairly quickly afterwards, she says .

The training given to correctional officers is, however, deficient, she acknowledges.

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Flowers were placed on a photo of Soleiman Faqiri as a tribute following his death on December 15, 2016 at Lindsay Prison.

Ms. Roselle believes things would have been different if his face had been washed and placed in a recovery position.

She emphasizes that the prison did not provide any briefing after the death of Soleiman Faqiri.

In the correctional environment, management is always looking for a scapegoat instead of confronting a problem, this creates a lot of fear among the officers who do not want to solve the problem. then dare to speak no more, she said.

She also concluded that a colleague had overstepped the instructions by filming the behavior of Mr. Faqiri, because the prison managers did not believe in sending him to the hospital.

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Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116