Police not responsible for Vancouver man's death: IIO
Published Tuesday, December 4, 2012 11:00AM PST
VANCOUVER -- B.C.'s Independent Investigations Office has concluded there was no evidence that police officers committed an offence in connection with the death of an intoxicated man while in Vancouver police custody.
The Oct. 7 death occurred after officers responded to an evening call of a man causing trouble in a Vancouver park.
Police watchdog Richard Rosenthal says the officers determined the man, whose name was withheld, should not be arrested or go to detox, so they offered him a ride to his house, which he accepted.
The 51-year-old man was placed in the back of a police van without handcuffs, but when they arrived at the man's home seven minutes later he was found unconscious.
Paramedics performed resuscitation and transported him to Vancouver General Hospital, but he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Six investigators with the IIO examined the case that resulted in the final report.