Black deaths in custody a ‘national crisis’, says Lidia Thorpe as two more deaths confirmed

Black deaths in custody a ‘national crisis’, says Lidia Thorpe as two more deaths confirmed

The Guardian

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Seven Aboriginal people have died in custody in the past two months leaving Indigenous Australians heartbroken, Greens senator says

Ongoing black deaths in custody are a “national crisis” that requires urgent action, the Greens senator, Lidia Thorpe, has said, following confirmation of another two deaths in Victoria and NSW.

Seven Aboriginal people have died in custody across Australia in the past two months. Four of the deaths were in NSW jails.

An Indigenous man died at Port Phillip prison in Melbourne’s west on Monday night, Corrections Victoria said. It is believed he suffered a medical episode. A smoking ceremony was being arranged.

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