The sergeant in charge of the detention cells at the Saskatoon police station the night Brandon Daniels was there testified Wednesday at the coroner's inquest into the teen's death.
The inquest heard Tuesday how Sgt. Lee Jones decided against calling an ambulance for the unresponsive teen.
During his testimony Wednesday, Jones said it was a very busy night for police but he is not happy with his decision to not seek medical attention for Daniels.
Sherry Bird, Daniels' mother, said that information is disturbing.
"In other words, they just had no time for my son that night because they were too busy with people who were causing problems," Bird said Wednesday. "Because he wasn't verbal and because he wasn't yelling and screaming, they didn't bother with him. And because he didn't ask for medical attention, they didn't bother with him."
According to testimony heard at the inquest, Jones and other officers in the detention area assumed that Daniels was intoxicated — even though they did not smell any alcohol on him.
In fact, he had taken a fatal dose of tylenol.
On Wednesday morning, another officer, Constable Jeff Broadbent, testified how he'd been on the job six weeks when he went on the call to check on Daniels.
Broadbent said he'd not yet mastered the 1,000-page police policy manual. It has a section on dealing with apparently-intoxicated suspects.
He says that he didn't know that, under policy, people who are vomiting are supposed to be taken to the hospital.
Broadbent said that, when they arrived outside the Galaxy Theatre on July 2, 2010, they came upon 19-year-old Brandon Daniels vomiting on a city bench.
They assumed that he was drunk — but Sergeant Randy Huisman has as said that assumption was not made because he was a young First Nations man.
Rather, he told the inquest that they assumed public drunkenness because of the downtown location. That corner is a mecca for the homeless and addicted.
'Conclusions were jumped to, but they were related to the location -- not race.'- Sgt. Randy Huisman
Toxicology reports later showed Daniels had given himself a fatal dose of Tylenol.
A fatal decision
He said that Daniels was largely unresponsive when he arrived at the police station — so much so that police had to move him to the cells using a wheelchair.
Despite his incapacitation, neither the arresting officers nor the staff sergeant in charge of detention sought medical attention. The 12-bed brief detox unit near St. Paul's Hospital was full and not an option that day, Huisman said. He was taken to the Saskatoon Police Service Detention Centre instead.
A junior constable felt a medical assessment was in order, but deferred to senior officers, Huisman said, adding that not ordering a medical assessment in the detention turned out to be a fatal decision.
Twelve hours after being picked up Daniels was found dead.
Huisman said that police training on assessment changed after he died.
Police respond to suicide calls
Daniels' family says the teen suffered from mental illness. Huisman says dealing with the mentally ill is a daily reality facing Saskatoon police.
Huisman said that officers in Saskatoon respond to between four and seven attempted suicide calls every day, year round.
He added that three of the 13 people in the detention cells for public intoxication the night of Daniels' arrest died within hours and months of that night.
All had mental issues.
The inquest continues to Friday.