A man who police say was arrested for being intoxicated in public has been found dead in a cell in the Kamloops RCMP’s Battle Street detachment.
The death has led to the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) launching an investigation.
The IIO BC said Kamloops Mounties responded to a complaint from a business in the 100-block of Victoria Street downtown at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12.
The complaint concerned an apparently intoxicated man remaining at the business after he was asked to leave. Kamloops Mounties arrived and found the man in a nearby parking lot, where he was arrested under the Liquor Control and Licensing Act and taken to RCMP cells, to be released when he was able to care for himself.
However, the man was found unresponsive in his cell at just before 6 a.m. on Wednesday and was eventually pronounced deceased.
“The IIO BC is now investigating to determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the man’s death,” the IIO BC said in a statement. “As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police.”