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DPD cleared in teen death

A complaint filed against Delta Police implicating officers in the 2006 death of 16-year-old Taylor Friesen-Purdy has been found to be unsubstantiated.

The South Delta Secondary School student was found unresponsive Sept. 1, sleeping over at a friend’s home in Tsawwassen.

His mother, Michelle Friesen, launched an official complaint alleging her son died as a result of rough treatment by Delta Police, who arrested Friesen-Purdy at a local house party a few days prior to his death.

Following an external investigation, the office of the police complaints commission has ruled that Delta Police did not act inappropriately.

As well, an initial autopsy by the B.C. Coroners Service determined Friesen-Purdy died of a pre-existing undetected heart condition.

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