Jocelyn George, 18, died after being detained by police in Port Alberni, Canada.
On June 23, 2016, George was reportedly arrested for a “disturbance” and was left alone in her cell. She was found in her cell “in need of medical attention”. She was taken to a hospital. She died on June 24. In June 2021, court hearings began in her case. Coroners said mix of drugs and alcohol was found in her system.
The girl’s parents intend to find out how authorities and emergency personnel deal with someone experiencing a drug-induced crisis. In their opinion, too many young people die of overdose while in custody.
MASS MEDIA ABOUT THE CASE:
“I recall him [cell guard] saying that she appeared to be still under the intoxication of something, as she hadn’t eaten all night, she hadn’t drank that he was aware of and that she didn’t appear to be getting better from when she was first brought into cells. She was just rolling around like she was still impaired,” retired Const. Richard Gagnon said.
“When someone is in our cells, we’ve basically taken their rights away,” said inspector Brian Hunter. “We have to do our utmost best to treat everyone in our cells with the utmost care and respect.”
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The initiative group has requested the clarification from Attorney General of Canada David T. Lametti and Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.