18-year-old Port Alberni woman dies in police custody


Jocelyn George with Christopher Cenname and their now four-month-old daughter. (Provided by Christopher Cenname)

Jocelyn Nynah Marsha George found ‘in need of medical attention’ day after she was placed in RCMP custody

CBC News, June 28, 2016

An 18-year-old mother of two toddlers from Port Alberni, B.C., has died while in police custody.

The B.C. Coroners Service says Jocelyn Nynah Marsha George was taken into custody and put in an RCMP cell in Port Alberni on June 23.

George was taken to Westcoast General Hospital the next morning after she was found “in need of medical attention” in her cell, according to the coroners service.

She was then sent to Victoria’s Royal Jubilee Hospital by air ambulance, “where she died later that evening.”

“She was too young to say goodbye,” said Christopher Cenmane, the father of her four-month-old girl.

“I will always love her. I will always have her living in my heart. She is young, beautiful, smart. She will always be my love.”

Cenmane said he and George separated a month ago. She also leaves behind a three-year-old boy.

The coroners service said its investigation is in the “very preliminary” stages.

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C., a civilian-led organization tasked with probing police-related incidents involving death or serious harm, is also investigating.

“The initial focus of the IIO investigation is to see if there is any connection between police action or inaction and the death of the youth,” said IIO spokesman Marten Youssef.



Posted on June 29, 2016, in State Security Forces and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I think it is time we the First people and First Nations of this Country and worldwide take a stand against the so called RCMP OR POLICE POPO. GWASU as we have the right to Find out what kind of So called men and woman are they to physically harm anybody. I mean u see it on the news éveryday 4 to 6 men tackling, hitting, kicking, and punching, macing etc.All for the sake of shackle 1 person it takes up to 6 I guess it makes them all so tough to be able to do that and if it were vice versa it would be publicized world wide with our people behind bars and thanks to Facebook and Other Social Media we can stand up to a certain point so Thank you, as for the Police I believe in Karma and Hope and Pray we can take a stand Worldwide and put a stop to this atrocity and BS Gilakasla

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