Call for inquiry into death in custody

Terrance Briscoe originally by:
published: 21st March 2012

Protesters in Sydney have called for an independent inquiry into the death of an Aboriginal man in police custody in Alice Springs. 

Around 50 people rallied outside the NT Tourism office in Sydney on Wednesday calling for an end to the controversial intervention policy which they say led to 28-year-old Terrance Briscoe’s death.

Mr Briscoe died after being taken into protective custody at Alice Springs in January for drunkenness. His aunt, Patricia Morton-Thomas, told the rally by phone link that more deaths in custody would follow if the intervention policy wasn’t scrapped.

Stop the Intervention Collective organiser Paddy Gibson said her speech had moved many at the rally. “To hear from the auntie of a young man who has died in custody … certainly did give people a bit of that mettle to continue to fight,” Mr Gibson told AAP on Wednesday.

He said groups including Amnesty International had called on the NT government to launch an independent inquiry into Mr Briscoe’s death, particularly since new evidence suggested he might have suffocated.

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