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A coroner Friday dismissed treatment of the 46-year-old man as inhumane and a "disgrace," saying he would ask prosecutors to consider criminal charges over his death from heatstroke in Western Australia in January 2008.
Originally posted by Obscure Perception
I cannot find anything on the man's nationality, but I personally suspect it may have been racially motivated. That's just a guess on my part though, as we have some pretty racist police in our country.
THE Director of Public Prosecutions will be asked to consider criminal charges in the case of an Aboriginal elder who was effectively cooked in the back of a prison van on a scorching day in the West Australian outback.
*there were 4,494 Indigenous prisoners in Australia (20% of the Australian prisoner population, while Indigenous people make up less than 2% of the civilian population)
*the national rate of imprisonment for Indigenous persons was 1,800 per 100,000 of the adult Indigenous population
* Western Australia had approximately 2,400 Indigenous prisoners per 100,000 of the adult Indigenous population
* Nationally, the Indigenous rate of imprisonment was approximately 15 times that of the non-Indigenous population
* the majority of Aboriginal prisoner deaths (65%) occurred in prison custody, while 34% were in police custody
* 18% of all deaths in prison custody were of Indigenous prisoners
* During this period, the proportion of the prison population that was Indigenous rose from 14% to 20%
* In 1995 the crude death rate of Indigenous prisoners (5.7%) was more than twice that of non-Indigenous prisoners (2.4%)
During 2002, 69 people died in all forms of custody in Australia, 14 of whom were Indigenous persons.
Updated 11 hours 37 minutes ago
Mr Ward was being driven in the back of a prison van in searing temperatures in The Goldfields.
Map: Kalgoorlie 6430 Related Story: Family wants more compo after prison van death Western Australia's Director of Public Prosecutions has informed the widow of an Aboriginal elder who died in a scorching prison van in 2008 that the officers involved in his death will not be charged.
The Aboriginal man, known as Mr Ward, was being driven in the back of a prison van in searing temperatures in The Goldfields in January 2008.
The air-conditioning unit was not working and the temperature inside reached 50 degrees Celsius as Mr Ward was transported 360 kilometres from Laverton to Kalgoorlie.
Updated 2 hours 6 minutes ago
The Aboriginal Legal Service in Western Australia says it is shocked and disappointed that no criminal charges will be laid over the death of Aboriginal elder, Mr Ward.
The Warburton elder died in 2008 after being transported hundreds of kilometres in the back of a prison van in searing heat.
The airconditioning in the back of the van was not working and Mr Ward collapsed on the trip from Laverton to Kalgoorlie when temperatures reached into their 40s.
A coronial inquest found the Department of Corrective Services, the two prison van drivers and their employer G4S were all partly responsible for his death.