Police watchdog investigating after woman dies in an Akulivik jail cell

33-year-old woman found unconscious after being arrested for public intoxication

Five investigators from Quebec’s police watchdog is looking into the death of a 33-year-old woman who died Friday in an Akulivik jail cell after being arrested for public intoxication. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

Quebec’s police watchdog is investigating after a 33-year-old woman died March 4 in an Akulivik jail cell.

The Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes — the provincial body that investigates when people die or are injured while in police custody — announced its investigation on the same day.

Nunavik Police Service officers in Akulivik arrested the woman for public intoxication, a news release issued by the office of independent investigations states.

At approximately 7:36 p.m., the woman was found unconscious in the jail cell, in the presence of other people who were being detained by police.

The woman was transported to the Akulivik health centre where she was pronounced dead.

The release did not identify the woman, and did not offer a cause of death.

Five investigators from the office of independent investigations have been assigned to look into the incident.

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(2) Comments:

  1. Posted by ChesLey on

    Alcohol poisoning quite possibly. A blood alcohol test for the person may have saved her life. Too much of it and involuntary muscles needed to breath stop working, I think so.

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    • Posted by Northerner on

      3 yrs ago , a person i know drank themselfs to death, did not want to go to rehab.

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