In the hours before he died in a segregation cell at a Lindsay, Ont. jail, 20 to 30 officers were involved in subduing a man with schizophrenia. They pepper sprayed him twice; covered his face with a spit hood; and held his body down with leg irons.
Documents obtained by the Star through a freedom of information request detail these occurrences as Soleiman Faqiri’s last moments in the Central East Correctional Centre, as found by an internal investigation by the Kawartha Lakes Police Service.
The 30-year-old Ajax man died on Dec. 15, 2016, in what police described at the time as an “altercation” with correctional officers in the jail, where he was being held on remand, awaiting a mental health assessment.
Faqiri had been arrested on Dec. 4 for charges of aggravated assault, assault and uttering threats. He did not have a criminal record, said the report, but had been apprehended by the Durham Regional Police Service, using their authority under the Mental Health Act, approximately 10 times over the past 10 years.