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Prince George RCMP not at fault for man’s October 2020 death in correctional centre

B.C. police watchdog makes decision following three-week investigation
Prince George Jail
The Prince George Regional Correctional Centre. (via Province of B.C.)

There’s no evidence of police actions, direct or indirect, that led to the death of a man in Prince George prison.

That’s the decision made today (Nov. 12) by the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. (IIO) after a three-week review following a man’s death in a cell at the Prince George Regional Correctional Centre (PGRCC) in early October.

On the morning of Oct. 1, the suspect was arrested by RCMP without incident at the intersection of George Street and First Avenue, which the IIO explains was ‘regarding a prior matter.’

The man appeared in court later that day before being transferred to the PGRCC, where he was found dead on Oct. 3.

According to video evidence, the IIO’s Civilian Director says the man was moved around between his arrest and the detachment without issue and without force.

They go on to say post-mortem information shows no evidence of injury or trauma when he was transferred from the court to the PGRCC.

As a result of the findings, the IIO’s investigation has concluded and anything further is being conducted by the BC Coroners Service and BC Corrections.

The IIO began this case on Oct. 22, nearly three weeks after the man was found deceased.