Who decided not to give Austin Maniyogena medical attention the night he died? – CBC

May 06, 2022

Bylaw officer, ambulance driver, nurse and police officer give differing accounts of Maniyogena’s state

A coroner’s inquest into the death of a Kugluktuk, Nunavut, man who died in RCMP custody heard conflicting testimony this week about who specifically decided Austin Maniyogena did not need immediate medical care after he fell and sustained a head injury.

The 22-year-old died on Sept. 19, 2018, of the head injury he sustained shortly before police took him into custody. Four hours after police put him in a cell at the community’s detachment, officers found him unconscious and struggling to breathe. They brought him to the health centre where he was later medevaced to Yellowknife. He died later that night.

On Monday, the inquest heard from community bylaw officer, Matthew MacDonald. He testified that around 8:30 a.m on Sept. 19, he was told that Maniyogena was driving an ATV around Kugluktuk while intoxicated. MacDonald said he called police twice but they told him there was only one officer on duty.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/conflicting-testimony-inquest-kugluktuk-1.6443509

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