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

This petition was delivered to:

Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
Terry Mills
Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions
Jack Karczewski
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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    1. Reached 20,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • almost 2 years ago

      This is important because the cops the politicians and the apathy of most people are killing our countrymen and women at an astonishingly awful rate.

      • almost 2 years ago

      This has to stop. These are people for gods sake. What the hell is going on up there?!!!!

      • almost 2 years ago

      As professionals who take an oath to follow a code of conduct to serve and protect the rights of individuals, when a mistake is made then those responsible have a duty to step up to the plate and stand accountable for thier lack conscious concern for abiding by the code of ethics they signed up under and show that they are human accept responsibility cop the consequences on the chin and never forget what it has taught you. OUr blood is red and our tears are salty, we are all children of the creator, lets up love our sisters and brothers - all of them.

    • Kath Ryan AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      this really needs to be addressed as too many of our people are dying through the hands of the evil

    • Mary-Rose Adkins AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because the police in every state are not brought to justice over deaths in custody -look at the fiasco of Palm Island. Everybody knows that the police killed Doomagee and got away with it in our formal -so called 'Justice System'.


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