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‘I can’t breathe’: Court sees video of guards overpowering inmate William Ahmo – APTN News

Sep 05, 2023

Paramedic says there was no sense of ‘urgency’ when he arrived to help.

His mother’s sobs could be heard in a Winnipeg courtroom Tuesday as she watched video of a group of correctional officers subdue Wiliam Ahmo in jail.

The 45-year-old Anishinaabe inmate had been in an hours-long standoff with male guards at Headingley Correctional Institution west of Winnipeg on Feb. 7, 2021.

Provincial court was told Ahmo lost consciousness after guards swarmed and beat him, then he stopped breathing before paramedics arrived and re-started his heart. He died a week later in a Winnipeg hospital.

The captain of the jail’s Correctional Emergency Response Unit (CERU) was charged following Ahmo’s death. Robert Jeffrey Morden has pleaded not guilty to criminal negligence causing death and failing to provide necessaries of life.

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