MEMBERS STATEMENTS – Police: death in custody – Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Posted on 04. Jun, 2010 in Speeches

Mr LIM (Clayton) — The Chinese community and the wider community are shocked and dismayed to learn that a very sick man who was in police custody was ignored for an extended period of time when he begged for assistance from the police in Dandenong. The Age reported yesterday and again today that on Thursday, 12 May, a man of Chinese background was not provided with assistance by the police while he was detained. He was in severe pain and was crying for help. He was reported to have crawled out of his cell, bleeding and on all fours like a dog. The man later died in hospital after waiting for more than 40 minutes for an ambulance because the police reported that his case was not serious.

The Chinese community believes what has happened is totally unacceptable. The Chinese community believes the case needs to be properly investigated and demands a real answer. The community believes this very serious incident has damaged the trust and confidence in and the high regard the Chinese community has always had for Victoria Police. The community believes that if misconduct and criminal negligence due to abrogation of responsibility and lack of duty of care are proven, then the perpetrators should be made accountable. Such inhumane treatment is un‑Australian and has no place in Victoria Police. The authorities have to get to the bottom of this cruelty and provide justice to the surviving family. The house should commend the Chinese interpreter who brought this case to the attention of the Neil Mitchell program on 3AW.

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