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Inquest opens into teen's death in police custody

01/16/2012 07:30 EST | Updated 03/17/2012 05:12 EDT

An inquest into the death of Junior Alexander Manon opens on Monday.

Manon, 18, died after his car was pulled over by police in May 2010.

The teen fled from police. It was later discovered he was prohibited from driving.

An investigation by the province's Special Investigations Unit found Manon had struggled with police and been handcuffed on the ground.

He died a short time later in hospital.

The SIU investigators said they found no reason to charge the officers who were involved in the arrest.

Some witnesses allege police used excessive force in subduing him.

Manon's family blames police for his death.

The inquest, which is mandatory because Manon died while in police custody, is expected to shed some light on his death. It will hear from about 25 witnesses.

It is expected to last four weeks.

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