Justice for Kwementyaye Briscoe - lay charges against police
  • Petitioned Terry Mills

This petition was delivered to:

Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
Terry Mills
Director of Public Prosecutions
Richard Coates
Police Commissioner
John McRoberts

Justice for Kwementyaye Briscoe - lay charges against police

    1. Trisha Morton Thomas
    2. Petition by

      Trisha Morton Thomas

      Alice Springs, Australia

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

He was slung about the Alice Springs lock up, resulting in a head injury that the police completely ignored. Other detainees yelled for help when they heard him choking, but they were ignored. Police listened to music and surfed the net while my nephew 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.

My nephew was a soft hearted, funny and humble man. He was slow to anger and readily forgiving. 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 police or NT corrections authorities. They have promised changes, but my nephew’s death is proof those promises were not kept. My nephew, other victims and our community have been ignored for too long.

The Coroner’s findings are, in our view, sufficient for the Director of Public Prosecutions to investigate and pursue charges for negligent manslaughter.

On behalf of our family and community, I’m asking for charges to be laid against police for what was done and for real changes to be implemented, rather than empty words.

Please sign the petition, and encourage everyone you know to help and lend their support.

You can find more information here: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/deaths-in-custody/#briscoefactsheet

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    Reasons for signing

    • Tony Constance AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      The due process of the justice system needs tom apply to all in our country.

    • Jennifer Boomer AUSTRALIA
      • 11 months ago

      Indigenous Australians need to be respected. We need them, they're such an important part of our country. Enough is enough

    • Greg Woodward AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Cos injustice is just plain wrong. If 'they' can do this to him they can do it to you and to me.

    • Robyn Stevenson CABOOLTURE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Our justice system says that we all, including the Government and police, are subject to the rule of law. There are many instances that I am aware of that say that certain members of the police force believe that they are above the law. This must change!

      • almost 2 years ago

      It is time that our indigenous members of the population had fair treatment in all aspects of their lives, especially in regard to dealings in social everyday life and their contact with the police forces.


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