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Police Won't Be Charged in Native Man's Death

Police won't be charged with man's death
Jan 16, 2004

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - Crown counsel say no charges will be laid against RCMP officers in connection with the death of an aboriginal man who died in police custody in Prince George last summer.

Thirty-three-year-old Clayton Willey died on July 22, 2003 about 16 hours after he was physically restrained by police following an altercation at a downtown mall.

Officers had been called to the mall after a report that a man threatened a dog with a knife and attempted to assault a mall security guard.
Willey was then driven to the RCMP cells a few blocks away.

Police have said that Willey continued to behave irrationally and an ambulance was called.

Officers physically restrained Willey again at the cells – this time with a taser gun – as he was being transferred to the ambulance.
Willey died later in hospital.

The dead man's family says they're not satisfied with the Crown's decision, and say they will continue to seek justice.