Death in custody protesters rally on weekend

by: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
published: 9th January 2012

As the death of Terrance Daniel Briscoe in an Alice Springs police cell last week continues to feature in the national media, family and supporters of the deceased man are vowing to fight for justice. Family, friends and supporters are rallying around the cause of a Central Australian man who died in police custody early on Thursday morning.

Anmatyerre Aboriginal man Terrance Daniel Briscoe, 28, died in the Alice Springs watch-house after being placed in protective custody. Family allege he was beaten by police officers before his death.

Over the weekend, supporters gathered on Stuart Highway north of town, holding signs condemning police brutality and calling for an end to black deaths in custody.

A candlelight vigil was also held opposite the Alice Springs Police Station on Sunday evening.

A statement released to media over the weekend said:

“The people of Alice Springs demand justice, and are calling for an independent inquiry into the young man’s death.”

“The Northern Territory police cannot be trusted to conduct their own investigation.”

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