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Name of man who died after being pepper sprayed by police released

The identity of a man who died while in the custody of the RCMP in Smithers has been released.
Fifty-three year old Jacobus Jonker died in a Victoria hospital on Saturday, a week after being pepper-sprayed by police.
RCMP was attempting to arrest him when he become non-compliant. 
After stating he had trouble breathing, Jonker was taken to Bulkley Valley General Hospital before being transported to Victoria General for a higher level of care. 
The BC Coroners Service and the Independent Investigations Office continue to investigate this death.

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