Jen Skerritt and Gabrielle Giroday
Winnipeg Free Press
April 1, 2010

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WINNIPEG — City police will review evidence surrounding the death of double amputee Brian Sinclair after a national legal expert lambasted the force for its “shocking” failure to investigate why Sinclair was found dead after 34 hours in a hospital emergency room.

Renowned criminal and human rights lawyer Clayton Ruby criticized the Winnipeg Police Service on Wednesday, saying he believes charges of criminal negligence causing death and failure to provide the necessaries of life could be laid against Health Sciences Centre and medical staff in charge of its ER.

Winnipeg police never investigated what factors led to the double-amputee’s death in an inner-city hospital waiting room — an omission Ruby called “inexplicable.” He urged the police force to reconsider and launch a probe into Sinclair’s death, saying this isn’t the Winnipeg of 50 years ago when the plight of aboriginals and the disabled was dismissed.

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