death in custody

Funding Approved for National Database on Deaths in Custody

We are excited to announce a victory for Justice Action. This year we have worked hard on lobbying for a national database into deaths in custody. AusTLii, the Australiasian Legal Information Institute, will now receive funding from the public sector bridges program for the National Free Access Coronial Findings, Recommendations & Responses. In addition, the …

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Tane Chatfield Inquiry Report – NSW Coroner’s Court – 17/7/2020

Today the Court began by hearing from the family of Mr. Chatfield to provide personal insight into his character.  The Court heard statements from Mr. Chatfield’s grandmother, sisters, brothers and friends who all quoted his good character as a protector for his family. The intergenerational trauma mentioned and made visible demonstrated the tragic and lasting …

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Tane Chatfield Coroner’s Inquest – NSW Coroner’s Court – 16/7/20

The court heard evidence from expert witnesses, neurosurgeon – Dr. Neil Simon, forensic pathologist – Dr. Stephen Cordner, psychiatrist – Dr. Matthew Large, and Corrective Services employee Saffron Cartwright.  Dr. Neil Simon’s testimony consisted of a medical analysis into Mr. Chatfield’s seizure and the appropriateness and reasonableness of the care and action taken towards Mr. …

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Tane Chatfield Inquiry Report – NSW Coroner’s Court – 15/7/2020

The court heard further evidence from Ms. Adams, the Nurse Unit Manager, Officer McPherson, Mr. O’Leary, Mr. Dahlstrom and Officer Smith.  As the proceedings from the 14th of July had already shown, Ms. Adams had grossly neglected her duties as a nurse. There were several protocols which could have, and should have been followed in …

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Tane Chatfield Inquest Report – NSW Coroner’s Court – 13 and 14/7/2020

On the 20th of September 2017, 22-year old Gomeroi and Wakka Wakka Indigenous man Tane Chatfield was found unconscious in his cell at Tamworth Correctional Centre after suffering multiple seizures. Two days later he died at Tamworth Base Hospital. Tane Chatfield’s death occurred due to the negligent actions of both Justice Health and Corrective Services, …

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National Deaths in Custody Database Proposal

David Dungay was killed in the Long Bay Prison Hospital in 2015. He was held down onto his stomach by a six-member Immediate Action Team with knees on his back. His repetition of the words, “I can’t breathe,” echoes the cries of George Floyd and defines the callous approach taken by some authorities with coercive power. The …

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