A 22-year-old Aboriginal man has died while in police custody

Police with Batonsource: Pedestrian News
published: 26 September 2017

A 22-year-old Aboriginal man has died in custody, and his family are seeking answers. Tane Chatfield, a member of the Gomeroi and Aaniwan Nations, died in hospital on Friday 22 September after being found unresponsive at Tamworth Correctional Centre around 9am on Wednesday.

The family member has given PEDESTRIAN.TV permission to use his name and photograph.

“Tane was a kind and loving man who always stood by anyone who needed him,” his cousin, who asked not to be named, told P.TV. “He had such a giving nature.”

“My poor brother had his whole life ahead of him,” his sister Christine Tae’arnie Dolly Vale wrote on a GoFundMe page that has been set up to raise both awareness of his death, and money for his funeral.

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