Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
|Snap Action at 107 Redfern, 23 Jan 2019|
Last night I attended a 'Snap action Solidarity fundraiser' organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association (ISJA Sydney) and Fighting In Resistance Equally (FIRE). ISJA meets every Wednesday at Redfern Community Centre
David DungayThe "Snap Action" was to raise money for the family of David Dungay who died in custody at Long Bay Prison at Malabar in Sydney.
The NSW Coroners investigation into Dungay's death was adjourned last July and will resume on Wednesday 6 March 2018.
"Mr Dungay was just weeks away from release, when he died during a cell transfer at Long Bay jail hospital in December 2015.
He was held down by five prison officers after he was told to stop eating a packet of biscuits.
The court was played footage showing Mr Dungay transferred to the second cell while handcuffed and then injected with the sedative midazolam. Mr Dungay said 12 times that he couldn’t breathe." - Family 'devastated’ as Coroner delays Dungay death in custody inquest, NITV, 27 Jul 2018 - 6:13pm
Leetona Dungay is asking for the wider community's presence at the NSW Coroner's Court when the inquiry resumes on March 6.
TJ HickeyThe 15th anniversary of 17 year old TJ Hickey's death will be marked on 14 February 14 2019.
In terms of manner of death I must also come to a conclusion as to whether or not this is, after all, a Section 13A (Section 13A(1)(b): as a result of or during police operations) death. For if it is so assessed, then not only is this a mandatory inquest but in due course a synopsis of the case must find its way into the 2004 Annual Report of the State Coroner to the NSW Parliament. It also follows that if the death is assessed as being as a result of or during police operations, the role, if any, of police in the death ought to be explained.
I am in fact satisfied that, though technical, this death is a death during police operations within the meaning of Section 13A, Coroners Act 1980." - 287/04 Aboriginal male aged 17 died on 15 February 2004 at Randwick. Finding handed down on 17 August 2004 at Glebe by John Abernethy, NSW State Coroner,Report by the NSW State Coroner into deaths in custody/police operations, 2004
|Sorry for your Loss at Boomalli|
2.Complex factors lead to women and girls' entering and returning to prison. Criminalisation is usually the outcome of repeated and intergenerational experiences of violence, poverty, homelessness, child removal and unemployment, resulting in complex health issues and substance use. First Nations women and girls are massively over-represented in prison due to the racism at the foundation of systems of social control...Sisters Inside
3. Four Indigenous creatives and academics, Professor Larissa Behrendt, Assoc Professor Pauline Clague, Dr Lou Bennett, and Dr Romaine Moreton, have worked with community to re-voice the stories of Aboriginal women who have died in custody....- Sorry for Your Loss Project (2018)
4. Indigenous Deaths in Custody 1989 - 1996:
"3.1 Indigenous people were 16.5 times more likely than non-indigenous people to die in custody between 1990 and 1995. This rate reflects the disproportionately high number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in custody.
3.2 The disproportion in the rate of death was the highest in South Australia (31.7) followed by Victoria (18.8), New South Wales (17.0), Queensland (16.8), Northern Territory (7.7) and Tasmania (2.8).
3.3 Indigenous prisoners were 1.26 times more likely to die in prison than non-non-indigenous prisoners.
3.4 Indigenous people who died in custody are significantly younger than non-Indigenous people. The rate of death for Indigenous women in custody was higher than the corresponding rate for Indigenous men.
3.5 The proportion of deaths in police and prison custody was similar for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Approximately one-third of deaths occurred in police custody while two-thirds of deaths occurred in prison.
3.6 Deaths from police pursuit have increased for both groups while deaths in police institutional settings have declined.
3.7 Indigenous people were more likely to die from natural causes while non-indigenous people were more likely to die from gunshot and drug overdoses." - A Report prepared by the Office of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, October 1996