death in custody

Background to the justice for Kumentjaye Briscoe campaign

Last updated: 10 November 2013

Petition: Justice for Kwementyaye Briscoe - Call for police to answer for their role

Sign-on statement: Call for police to answer for their roles in Deaths in Custody

Petition closed: Petitioned Chief Minister of the Northern Territory:
Justice for Kwementyaye Briscoe - lay charges against police
Petition by Trisha Morton Thomas, Alice Springs, Australia

Still not free

"Write of life / the pious said
forget the past / the past is dead.
But all I see / in front of me
is a concrete floor / a cell door / and John Pat"
- by Jack Davis

15 Arpil was the 20th anniversary of the royal commission into black deaths in custody in 1991. Since that time there have been 397 black deaths in custody. Why?


Call to protest at refusal to prosecute killers of Mr Ward

"The decision not to charge two security guards over the heat stroke death of West Australian Aboriginal elder, Mr Ward, in a prison van is as outrageous as the cowardly decision taken by the Queensland DPP in the Mulrunji Doomadgee death on Palm island in 2004. To protect then Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley from facing charges the Qld. DPP overturned the recommendations of acting state coroner, Christine Clements, bravely found (some would say foolishly found) that Hurley definitely had a legal case to answer." said Ray Jackson, President of the Indigenous social justice association.


Death in custody at Ivanhoe gaol on 3 June

ray jackson, president, indigenous social justice association

i am reliably informed that an aboriginal inmate, name not known, was found deceased in his cell this morning. his age was given as 36 years old.

the gaol governor at ivanhoe has stated the inmate died by natural causes. such terminology generally hides a multiplicity of concerns.

his cell-mate is said to have stated that his mate complained of becoming all sweaty and cold and had pains in his right arm. whether assistance had been sought during the evening is not known.