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Cell Block Death Update

Monday, November 21, 2016 @ 2:33 PM

Prince George, B.C. – The  person found deceased in a cell  at the Prince George  RCMP detachment  is  male.

RCMP say   officers  responded to a call    of an intoxicated man causing a  disturbance in the  100 block of Quebec Street in downtown Prince George around 11:34  last night.

Officers located the suspect in the  1200 block of  2nd Avenue and  arrested him for being drunk in a public place.  He was  taken to the detachment where he was  put in  cells.

Shortly after 2 this  morning,  a  cell check  found the man to be  unresponsive.   RCMP members  initiated CPR  until Emergency Health Services   arrived on scene  and  took over the resuscitation efforts.  The man was  pronounced  dead just before 3 this morning.

Independent Investigations Office  has been notified and will investigate  to  see if there is any link between the man’s death and the actions of police.

The RCMP has also initiated an Independent Officer Review of the incident as per existing policies.



Public drunkenness is as much a medical problem as it is a legal problem. As other prisoners are not infrequently high or have other medical problems, and as some conditions, such as diabetic coma, risk confusion with drunkenness, I wonder whether it would not be wise to have the cell block staffed full time by a nurse.

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