After just a few hours of deliberation last Friday, jurors reached a verdict in the inquest into the death of a man in police custody last summer.
Larry McPherson was 31 years old when he died in hospital after his arrest by Fort St. John RCMP in the early hours of August 28th, 2007.
In front of Lori and Alberta McPherson, sister and mother of the deceased, the jury announced that they had found McPherson’s death to be accidental, and the cause to be “cocaine-induced sudden death.”
The jury also offered three recommendations. The first was to emergency services including fire and police, asking that all relevant information on medical emergencies be conveyed to emergency medical personnel. The second was addressed to the ministries of Education and Children & Families, asking that additional funding and resources be provided for children with disabilities. The third recommendation was again to emergency services, asking for training in recognizing and dealing with excited delirium to be provided for personnel.
As the recommendations were delivered, the McPhersons nodded their heads and said, “Awesome, thank you.” The women also hugged many of the jurors as they left the building.
Energeticcity.ca has extensive coverage of the entire inquest: