The family of a young Aboriginal woman who died in police custody say that police mocked and dismissed her pleas for treatment.

22-year-old Julieka Dhu was in prison for unpaid fines. Her grandmother, Carol Roe, wrote that Ms Dhu suffered “days of vomiting, worsening injuries and bleeding on her lungs” before dying.

Ms Dhu was twice taken to a local hospital but on both occasions declared well enough to be sent back to prison despite reportedly not being seen by a doctor.

Ms Dhu’s partner, Deon Ruffin, says that police repeatedly mocked and dismissed Ms Dhu’s pleas for treatment as those of “a druggie, and then a mental case.”

(Source:, SBS News website, The Australian)

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