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Inquest into police custody death of Terrace woman continues this afternoon

Alyssa George, also known as Alyssa Oleksiuk.

Alyssa George, also known as Alyssa Oleksiuk.

The death of Alyssa George, also known as Alyssa Oleksiuk, continued this afternoon in Terrace.

The inquest saw a 45-minutes of video of Alyssa in her holding cell, as she ultimately went from laying down on the bed, to crumbling to the floor in distress.

According to the video, at 1:50am on September 4, there’s a quick flash as a slot is opened in the cell door to do a check on Alyssa.

Over 40 minutes later at 2:32am do two RCMP officers enter the cell to physically check on Alyssa.

Family members were visibly upset during the video, several leaving the court room.

Questioning in the afternoon focused on how officers and guards ensure intoxicated people who are taken into custody are properly monitored to prevent them from experiencing potentially fatal withdrawal symptoms.

Tristan Jackson is Alyssa’s brother, and he says the family is upset over what they believe was a preventable death.

He says they had a rough childhood, with their mother passing away when they were both young, and their father not being in their lives.

But he remembers her as fun-loving and outgoing person.

Jackson is open about his own struggle with alcoholism, saying that despite what happened to his sister, even now he still has trouble dealing with it.

The inquest into Alyssa’s death is scheduled until Wednesday, October 21 in Terrace.

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