Indigenous woman dies in police custody in Brisbane

Indigenous woman dies in police custody in Brisbane

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An Indigenous woman has died while being held in the custody of Queensland police.

The woman, aged 49, was being held in a Brisbane watchhouse, waiting to be transferred to a correctional facility. She was found dead in her cell on Wednesday.

She had been arrested on Sunday and appeared at the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.

The woman’s death is being investigated by police from the Ethical Standards Command.

Debbie Kilroy, a leading advocate for the human rights of women and girls in the criminal legal system and the CEO of Sisters Inside, has said she spent Wednesday afternoon with the other women currently in the watchhouse to support them.

“The grief is overwhelming,” Kilroy wrote on Twitter.

“When will the deaths end? When will trauma end? When will #BlackLivesMatter.”

Since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody ended in 1991, there have been more than 430 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have died in police custody.

In the past four months, there have been five Indigenous deaths in custody in Australia.

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