UK detention centre slammed after 84-year-old Canadian dies in handcuffs


SLM
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UK detention centre slammed after 84-year-old Canadian dies in handcuffs




A furor has erupted in Britain over the treatment of an 84-year-old Canadian man who suffered from dementia and died in handcuffs at a privately-run immigration detention centre.
The man, who news reports have identified as Alois Dvorzac, was detained last January at Gatwick Airport while on his way to visit his estranged daughter in Slovenia after being deemed inadmissible to Britain, the Globe and Mail reports.
Dvorzac, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, diabetes and heart problems, was sent to the Harmondsworth immigration centre to await deportation back to Canada. But his return was delayed because his frail health. Two weeks later he was dead.
The story of Dvorzac's treatment was revealed this week in a report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons, which conducted an unannounced inspection of Harmondsworth last summer.
Harmondsworth, which houses about 600 detainees, has been a past focus of criticism and official scrutiny. It's run by GEO Group U.K., the British arm of an international correctional-services firm.
"When we last inspected Harmondsworth we found an IRC that was working hard to sustain improvements after the opening of a significant amount of new accommodation," the report said. "This report is more mixed.
"The evidence suggested to us that improvement had slowed and that some outcomes had clearly deteriorated, notably in safety. A major concern is an inadequate focus on the needs of the most vulnerable detainees, including elderly and sick men, those at risk of self harm through food refusal, and other people whose physical or mental health conditions made them potentially unfit for detention."

The inspector's report also found evidence of overcrowding at Harmondsworth, as well as a lack of engagement by staff with detainees.
The report doesn't identify Dvorzac by name nor say why he was initially detained last Jan. 23. He was hospitalized at first but later taken to Harmondsworth, where a week later a doctor declared him unfit for either detention or deportation. Instead, he needed "social care," the doctor's "Rule 35" report said.
"The caseworker had failed to respond to the Rule 35 report on time and had to be chased twice before he had replied on 5 February, acknowledging the man’s vulnerability and lack of contacts in the UK," the report said.
An attempt to put him on a plane back to Canada the following day had to be called off after a doctor declared him unfit to fly, the report said. He was sent back to Harmondsworth and shuttled back and forth to hospital before dying Feb. 10 during one of these transfers.
"He had been in handcuffs for approximately five hours when he died, still wearing them," the report said.
Only after his heart had stopped and cardiopulmonary resuscitation started were the handcuffs removed.
The report criticized the use of cuffs on someone like Dvorzac, who was clearly at no risk of escaping.
"Only after his heart had stopped and cardiopulmonary resuscitation started were the handcuffs removed," said the report, adding the case was the subject of a separate probe by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.
The report also pointed to the case of a dying man sedated and undergoing an angioplasty in hospital. The restraints were removed only seven hours before his death. In another case, a detainee confined to a wheelchair because of a stroke was handcuffed "for no obvious reason" while being taken to hospital.

An official told the Globe the Canadian High Commission in London was not informed of Dvorzac's case until after he died, apparently because his passport listed a former caregiver as his next of kin.
British Immigration Minister Mark Harper slammed the "completely unjustified" use of retraints, the Telegraph reported.
“Clearly, performance by the contractor running Harmondsworth has been below the high standard expected," the minister said.
“This report makes a number of recommendations that we will be taking forward and I expect to see significant improvement. We will be scrutinising our contractor’s performance closely.”
Harmondsworth's conditions made news last year when asylum-seeker Isa Muazu was deported despite being close to death after a 90-day hunger strike, Politics.co.uk reported.
"Have the authorities responsible for Harmondsworth forgotten the basic principles of humanity and decency that must apply to any form of custody?" asked Juliet Lyon of the Prison Reform Trust.
A spokesman for GEO said detainees were handcuffed only when there was "a documented risk of absconding," and that use of restraints was balanced against other factors, including age.
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He shouldn't have been in a detention centre in that condition.

Of course, in this country we taser our elderly dementia patients.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Of course, in this country we taser our elderly dementia patients.

Even the elderly for parking illegally at 4 AM while delivering newspapers into street vending boxes.

Hooray for torture weapons!
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Even the elderly for parking illegally at 4 AM while delivering newspapers into street vending boxes.

Hooray for torture weapons!

I was thinking of that older woman who went for a walk in the middle of the night with a bread knife, clearly confused. Have they been zapping the elderly in your part of the world too?
 
petros
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The newspaper guy was Kelowna.

There were a few pepper spray deaths here and I don't think people were too keen on allowing torture weapons when tasers came out around the same time.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

The newspaper guy was Kelowna

I missed that one.
 
petros
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Kelowna senior Tasered after traffic dispute

Jesus there are lots.
RCMP subdue hospitalized man, 82, with Taser - British Columbia - CBC News
 
SLM
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Holy crap!
 
petros
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Yeah I googled tasered in Kelowna and it was hard to find out of all the taserings around there.

jeepers h crackers
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Yeah I googled tasered in Kelowna and it was hard to find out of all the taserings around there.

jeepers h crackers

I gotta say how the hell does a guy who just had heart surgery get a pocket knife anyway?
 
Blackleaf
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A furore has erupted in Britain over this story? That's strange, because I haven't seen it reported anywhere and never knew about it until I saw this thread.
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

A furore has erupted in Britain over this story? That's strange, because I haven't seen it reported anywhere and never knew about it until I saw this thread.

Well it is mostly tabloids and the Royals over there that passes for news.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

I gotta say how the hell does a guy who just had heart surgery get a pocket knife anyway?

Keychain???
 
gerryh
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

A furore has erupted in Britain over this story? That's strange, because I haven't seen it reported anywhere and never knew about it until I saw this thread.

Dementia patient, 84, died in handcuffs - Telegraph
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Keychain???

Maybe, just seemed odd to me. Most people still in their hospital beds don't have their keys with them, at least not in hand. Unless he was really confused, got up and got them, but the article said he was tasered while still in his hospital bed. Just seems weird is all.
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Maybe, just seemed odd to me. Most people still in their hospital beds don't have their keys with them, at least not in hand. Unless he was really confused, got up and got them, but the article said he was tasered while still in his hospital bed. Just seems weird is all.

All this kit and no gloves.

http://www.policesupplies.ca/Gloves.htm#ArmorFlex

https://www.google.ca/#q=kevlar+gloves
 
DaSleeper
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

A furore has erupted in Britain over this story? That's strange, because I haven't seen it reported anywhere and never knew about it until I saw this thread.

From what you post.....this is all you read....
United Kingdom Guide -- National Geographic
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeperView Post

From what you post.....this is all you read....
United Kingdom Guide -- National Geographic

Or this.
https://www.google.ca/#q=english+lis...nd+noble+ranks
 
Ron in Regina
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Yeah I googled tasered in Kelowna and it was hard to find out of all the taserings around there.

jeepers h crackers

Here's some food for thought...

 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeperView Post

From what you post.....this is all you read....
United Kingdom Guide -- National Geographic


It doesn't matter what I read. This story has not been reported anyway in the UK. It is just not news here. Canada, or things Canadian, rarelty feature in British news stories anyway. The news at the moment here is dominated by the story of a three-year-old boy who has gone missing in Edinburgh.

To say this story is "causing a furore" in Britain is not quite true.
Last edited by Blackleaf; Jan 17th, 2014 at 10:02 AM..
 
gerryh
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

It doesn't matter what I read. This story has not been reported anyway in the UK. It is just not news here. Canada, or things Canadian, rarelty feature in British news stories anyway. The news at the moment here is dominated by the story of a three-year-old boy who has gone missing in Edinburgh.

To say this story is "causing a furore" in Britain is not quite true.

Dementia patient, 84, died in handcuffs - Telegraph
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by gerryhView Post

Dementia patient, 84, died in handcuffs - Telegraph

Ah, that explains it. No way is Blackloaf going to read a left-wing rag like the Torygraph.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by gerryhView Post

Dementia patient, 84, died in handcuffs - Telegraph


The story is not a big story here. I never saw it anywhere on the news and only knew about it when I saw it here. It's just not a big deal news story. The big story at the moment here is the missing three-year-old boy in Edinburgh. To say this story is "causing a furore" in Britain is a bit wide of the mark.

Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post

Ah, that explains it. No way is Blackloaf going to read a left-wing rag like the Torygraph.


I don't read the Telegraph. It's not quite right wing enough for my liking. I prefer the Daily Mail. The Sun and The Spectator are also good.
Last edited by Blackleaf; Jan 17th, 2014 at 10:56 AM..
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

The story is not a big story here. I never saw it anywhere on the news and only knew about it when I saw it here. It's just not a big deal news story. The big story at the moment here is the missing three-year-old boy in Edinburgh.




I don't read the Telegraph. It's not quite right wing enough for my liking. I prefer the Daily Mail. The Sun and The Spectator are also good.

Such a shame the Volkischer Beobachter went out of business.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post

Such a shame the Volkischer Beobachter went out of business.


I don't read foreign media. Only British ones.
 
karrie
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Alzheimer's victim held by immigration dies handcuffed in a hospital bed: 84-year-old was too frail to be deported | Mail Online

What a shame.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

I don't read foreign media. Only British ones.

Sorry, I can't be bothered to distinguish between mobs of Germans. It's like trying to make sense of the differences between the Christian cults.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post

Sorry, I can't be bothered to distinguish between mobs of Germans. It's like trying to make sense of the differences between the Christian cults.

Christianity isn't a cult. Islam is.
 
L Gilbert
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

UK detention centre slammed after 84-year-old Canadian dies in handcuffs
A spokesman for GEO said detainees were handcuffed only when there was "a documented risk of absconding," and that use of restraints was balanced against other factors, including age.

So an 84 yr old dude with Alzheimer's, diabetes, etc.is a risk of hoofing it away from armed guards probably a third his age? interesting.
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He shouldn't have been in a detention centre in that condition.

Right.

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Of course, in this country we taser our elderly dementia patients.

It fits. A lot of our heritage is from the Brits.

Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

Christianity isn't a cult. Islam is.

From Oxford's dictionary - "a system of religious veneration and devotion directed towards a particular figure or object"
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

Christianity isn't a cult. Islam is.

Yuh-huh. Sure. Whatever. Why don't you go pray to a torture device?
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

I don't read foreign media. Only British ones.

And I thought it was the education system that failed you.
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