Witness says prisoner was handcuffed before Edmonton police used Taser

A witness is raising questions about the actions of Edmonton police after they Tasered a prisoner who later died in hospital.

EDMONTON — A witness is raising questions about the actions of Edmonton police after they Tasered a prisoner who later died in hospital.

Fellow inmate Mitch Cutknife says Jeff Oatway was handcuffed and restrained on the floor when police zapped him on April 11.

Cutknife admits, however, that he did not actually see police fire the weapon.

Still, he believes officers had no reason to use the stun gun, and he has filed a complaint of excessive force with the police chief.

Oatway was in a coma on life support and died two days later.

Police have said Oatway had to be Tasered during a struggle with officers.

Edmonton homicide detectives are investigating the death under the supervision of the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team.

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