The similarities between the unfortunate incidents are clear. We expect the IIO to conduct an honest and fair investigation into the man's death and that the RCMP management will abstain from participating in the investigation.
"Man dies following struggle with Coquitlam RCMP; police watchdog investigating"
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"A man who allegedly had a struggle with Coquitlam RCMP this week and was hospitalized with critical injuries has since died, B.C.'s police watchdog confirmed Friday.
The incident unfolded early Tuesday morning, when patrol officers were asked to help locate the man after he reportedly left home under the influence of drugs and alcohol while only dressed in a T-shirt and underwear.
Authorities said they found him outside a home on Balfour Drive, but that he resisted arrest.
Once in handcuffs, officers noted the man was having trouble breathing and lost consciousness," the RCMP said in a news release issued after the incident."