Repost – Deaths inside

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Indigenous Australian deaths in custody 2019

More than 400 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have died in custody since the end of the royal commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody in 1991.

The royal commission emphasised the importance of monitoring and maintaining accurate data about deaths in custody. Despite public reporting and tracking through the Australian Institute of Criminology’s national program, detailed, up-to-date information is hard to find.

In 2018, Guardian Australia’s reporting team collected and analysed all available coronial data and other sources to build this searchable database.

One year on, we have updated “Deaths inside”, which tracks every known Indigenous death in custody in every jurisdiction from 2008 – 2019.

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They listened to music while he died

Patricia’s started a petition on that we thought you might be interested in signing — read on for a moving message in her own words.
Patricia’s nephew died in custody because of “completely inadequate†care by police. She’s asking for justice.
Sign Patricia’s Petition

Fiona –

On 4 January 2012, my nephew T. Daniels Briscoe died in police custody.

He was dragged, shoved and slung about the Alice Springs lock up, resulting in a head injury that the police completely ignored. They ignored other detainees who yelled for help when they heard my nephew choking. They listened to music and surfed the net while he lay dying.

My nephew was taken into custody supposedly for his own protection. The coroner found his treatment was “completely inadequate†, and the police were “utterly derelict†in their duty of care.

Yet not one of the officers involved has been sanctioned. So I’ve started a petition to seek justice. I know this will not bring my nephew back to me, but maybe it will save another life in the future.

My nephew was a soft hearted, funny and humble man. He was generous to a fault and would give his last dollar to anybody in need. He kept my family connected and reminded us that money and wealth would not mourn for us when we passed, only those we love and love us.

Since 2009, four Aboriginal people in Alice Springs alone have died in the hands of authorities. They have promised changes, but my nephew’s death is proof those promises were not kept.

The current CLP government came to power thanks to the support of the indigenous community, and it says it hasn’t ruled out taking further action. We have a chance to make sure justice is done, but I worry that if we don’t act now, it will be like every other time — he will be forgotten.

Please sign, and encourage everyone you know to help and lend their support. We need people to pay attention and speak out. My nephew, other victims and our community have been ignored for too long.

Thank you,
Patricia Morton-Thomas