Australia A Cry of Desperation Why do Aborigines die in police custody?

Why do Aborigines die at alarming rates in police custody?

Eddie Cameron was 23 when he was arrested, charged with burglary and placed in a solitary cell in Geraldton, Western Australia, one night last July. A few hours later he was found dead, hanging by his own bootlaces. But the death of Eddie Cameron, an Aborigine who was a local football hero and the son of a political activist, sparked a riot by 300 of Australia's native sons.

The reason: Cameron was just one of at least 103 Aborigines to die while in police custody or prison since 1980. Says criminologist David Biles of the shockingly high death toll: "An Aboriginal...

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