Harrowing video footage shows death in custody of Aboriginal man

David Dungay

source: The Guardian
published: 16 July 2018

Shocking video footage of the death in custody of an Indigenous Australian man has been aired in court for the first time, depicting five officers restraining a man who said 12 times that he could not breathe.

David Dungay Jr died in 2016 while he was being held down by officers in a Sydney jail. An insulin-dependent diabetic, 26-year-old Dungay had been eating biscuits. Prison officers told him to stop and, after giving him a minute to comply, stormed his cell, restrained him face down and handcuffed him.

Throughout the incident, which is shown in harrowing detail in the footage, Dungay shouts that he cannot breathe and begs to be let go. After he yells: “I can’t breathe” a guard responds: “If you’re talking, you can breathe.”

Members of Dungay’s family left the room when the footage was shown at the inquest into his death, which began on Monday in Sydney.

The Dungay family has waited almost three years for the case to be heard.

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