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Another death in police custody

Article from: AAP

AN indigenous man has died in police custody in north Queensland.

A police spokeswoman said the man was being taken to the Mareeba watchhouse for questioning when he was found dead in a police vehicle about 9.30am (AEST) today.
The death comes less than a week after a police sergeant was cleared of all charges over the death of a man in custody on Palm Island.

The Queensland Police Service ethical standards command, Crime and Misconduct Commission and the coroner have been informed, the spokeswoman said.Queensland Premier Peter Beattie said he had been informed of the death.

"I do not know any details; I do not know the full circumstances," Mr Beattie said on Channel 7.
"Can I just say to Queenslanders that we have systems in place, that any black death in custody is fully investigated by both the CMC and the ethical standards branch of the police.

"We've demonstrated our commitment to deal with the issue of black deaths in custody and I urge everyone to simply wait until we know the full details, wait until these appropriate investigations are done."

Mr Beattie said the death would be "fully and properly investigated''.
"We've demonstrated here that none of these get covered up,'' he said.

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