William Ahmo, a 45-year-old Anishinaabe man, died while in custody at Winnipeg prison (Canada).
He died on February 14, 2021, after an “incident” with correctional officers at the prison. He was involved into altercation with a correctional officer who was making racist jokes in front of the inmates. The situation escalated and serious incident response team, in full tactical gear, was called into the unit. Ahmo died at a hospital a week later of injuries.
In May 2021 Manitoba grand chief calls for public inquiry into Ahmo’s death.
In January 2022 Manitoba corrections officer was charged in death of William Ahmo.
MASS MEDIA ABOUT THE CASE:
“We’re appalled by what we had learned and have questions about what’s taking so long for this information to be disclosed by the police who are investigating this,” said Grand Chief Jerry Daniels.
“The circumstances of Will being taken to hospital are suspicious, and we have heard disturbing reports about the behaviour of Correctional Officers prior to his death,” the family said in a written statement.
The initiative group has requested the clarification from Attorney General of Canada David T. Lametti and Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.