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Death of First Nations man handcuffed and stepped on by police was accidental, inquest says

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Romeo Wesley, 34, was held by police on the floor of the nursing station at Cat Lake First Nation, about 400 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ont. in 2010. He died there. (Cat Lake First Nation)

Nurse in northern community called police in 2010, concerned about Romeo Wesley’s erratic behaviour

By Jody Porter, CBC News, July 26, 2017

The death of an Ontario First Nations man who was pepper sprayed, beaten, handcuffed and stepped on by two police officers was accidental, a coroner’s inquest has determined. Read the rest of this entry

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit investigating death of First Nations man in Thunder Bay police jail

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50-year-old Marlon “Roland” Jerry McKay died in a Thunder Bay police cell Wednesday. Photo courtesy of the family

APTN National news, July 20, 2017

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating the death Marlon “Roland” Jerry McKay, 50, who was being held in a Thunder Bay jail cell Wednesday night.

The family has confirmed that McKay, from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, was in the city for medical reasons. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Indigenous man dies in custody after unexplained head injury, says family

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Eric James Whittaker died in Westmead hospital in unexplained circumstances. (Facebook)

By Robert Burton-Bradley, NITV, July 18, 2017

The family of a Kamilaroi man who died in custody earlier this month from unexplained head injuries sustained while in a NSW prison is calling for an explanation from authorities. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Aborigines seek compensation from Australian police for racism in landmark £23 million case

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Burnt remains of the police station and courthouse on Palm Island following the 2004 riots.

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Several hundred Aborigines on a remote island in Australia are seeking compensation for the racist actions of the police in a landmark £23 million class action that has been likened to Germany’s reparations to  Holocaust victims.  Read the rest of this entry

White Man’s Manslaughter. Black Man’s Murder. White Man’s Riot. Black Man’s Uprising.

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Riot police face protesters after death of 14 year old Elijah Doughty, August 2016.

By Chris Graham, New Mathilda, August 31, 2016

The violent clashes between police and protestors in Kalgoorlie yesterday followed the charging of a 55-year-old man with manslaughter over the death of a 14-year-old Aboriginal boy, Elijah Doughty. Twelve police officers were injured, dozens of Aboriginal people are expected to be arrested, police vehicles have been damaged, and court house windows were smashed. Media are calling it a riot. But one person’s riot is another person’s uprising, writes Chris Graham. Read the rest of this entry

Family demanding answers after death of Jocelyn George in police custody

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Jocelyn George died in Port Alberni RCMP custody, June 2016.

Indigenous teen died after spending the night in the cells at the Port Alberni RCMP detachment

By Richard Zussman, CBC News, June 30, 2016

With pain etched on their faces, the family of Jocelyn George gathered in Port Alberni, B.C. for the funeral of the 18-year-old mother of two.

The one question looming over them: how did she end up dead after an overnight stay in the cells of the Port Alberni RCMP detachment? Read the rest of this entry

18-year-old Port Alberni woman dies in police custody

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Jocelyn George with Christopher Cenname and their now four-month-old daughter. (Provided by Christopher Cenname)

Jocelyn Nynah Marsha George found ‘in need of medical attention’ day after she was placed in RCMP custody

CBC News, June 28, 2016

An 18-year-old mother of two toddlers from Port Alberni, B.C., has died while in police custody.

The B.C. Coroners Service says Jocelyn Nynah Marsha George was taken into custody and put in an RCMP cell in Port Alberni on June 23.

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Australia: Aboriginal man dies in Casuarina Prison as hundreds rally around WA to protest deaths in custody

Protesters gather at Western Australia parliament in Perth.

Protesters gather at Western Australia parliament in Perth.

by Powell, ABC News, Oct 23, 2014

A 31-year-old Aboriginal man has died in a Perth prison, as hundreds rally around the state to protest Aboriginal deaths in custody.

It is the second death in custody in WA in three months.

Protesters rallied in Perth, South Hedland and Geraldton to demand answers over the death of a 22-year-old Aboriginal woman in police custody in August.

Ms Dhu, 22, died after being locked up in the South Hedland Police Station over unpaid fines. Read the rest of this entry

RCMP Blasted for Slow Responses to In-Custody Death of Aboriginal Man

In 2003, Clay Alvin Willey, an Aboriginal man (described as Metis), was killed by the RCMP while in custody in Prince George, BC.  Willey had suffered broken teeth, a fractured skull, ruptured

Clay Willey, beaten to death by RCMP in Prince George, 2003

bowels, internal bleeding, and multiple taser burns inflicted on him by several RCMP officers, yet a coroner’s inquest ruled his death was accidental, caused by a cocaine overdose.   In the following articles, the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP voices their frustration at the RCMP’s ass-dragging in regards to the investigation. Read the rest of this entry