Nathan Reynolds

Indigenous man Nathan Reynolds, 36, died in his prison cell at John Moroney Correctional Facility in Berkshire Park on September 1, 2018, from bronchial asthma — one week before he was expected to be released.

March 2021 deputy state coroner said on the night of Mr. Reynolds’s death he required emergency treatment. His sister Taleah Reynolds said she was furious and that her brother’s death was “preventable”. She also said he several times went to the prison clinic because he wasn’t feeling well. She said it was never any secret that he was asthmatic.

The inquest heard Mr. Reynolds, who was struggling to breathe, urgently called for help. Prison guard arrived in 11 minutes and called an ambulance. The registered nurse on duty arrived at the scene two minutes later. By that time, Mr. Reynolds was already unresponsive.

In April 2021 Reynolds’ sisters attended a protest in Sydney to stop Indigenous deaths in custody and told the crowd of protestors they are still waiting for justice.


Andre Hill

Andre Hill, 47, was shot and killed by a former Columbus police officer. Hill was shot and killed on 22 December 2020 while Adam Coy and another officer were responding to a report of a man who had been sitting in his vehicle for an extended period, repeatedly turning his engine on and off.

Hill was visiting a family friend when he was shot three times in his right leg and once in his chest, according to the coroner’s report. Hill was unarmed. The former officer Adam Coy faces murder charges. Coy told officials he thought he saw a firearm on Hill before shooting. He said he had mistaken the keys in Hill’s hand for a revolver.

Hill’s family charged Adam Coy of murder, felonious assault and dereliction of duty. Coy pleaded not guilty to one count of murder, one count of felonious assault and two counts of dereliction of duty.

In August 2021 a judge denied request of police officer who shot Hill for the trial be moved to another county. Defense attorney argued that extensive local and national publicity about the killing will make it impossible to assemble an impartial jury for the officer in Franklin County. The judge ruled that there was no reason to believe that people elsewhere were less likely to have read about the case than were Franklin County residents. The officer’s trial is scheduled for Oct. 4.


Stephen Watson

In April 2021, 20-year-old Stephen Ryan Watson was found dead in his prison cell. He was in custody on charges of alleged phone theft. Prison officials did not give a cause of death, only saying it was not a suicide.

On April 27, 2021, employees of the Blanchardstown Correctional Facility, Ireland, conducted another round of prisoners. When the turn came to the cell where Watson was held, the officers found that the young man did not show signs of life. The authorities did not comment on the death of the young man, only said that it was not a suicide. The grieving mum revealed that her son had been hard to handle and she had initially refused to post the €500 bail because she was so angry at him and the alleged offence in relation to a stolen iPhone.

In May 2021, Watson’s mother is still waiting for the results of an autopsy to determine the true cause of her son’s death. In a statement, the Irish Prisons Service said it does not comment on individual prisoner cases, adding: “All deaths in custody are investigated by the Irish Prison Service, the Inspector of Prisons and An Garda Síochána, where circumstances warrant. The cause of death is determined by the Coroner office.”


Kyaw Din

Kyaw Din, 54, was shot and killed in his home in Maple Ridge (Canada) by police officers on 11 August 2019.

Din’s sister said her brother had a mental illness. Sometimes her brother would stop taking his medication. When that happened, she would call police to have him taken to hospital.

On 11 August 2019 Din said he didn’t want to go with police officers when they arrived. His sister asked officers to wait for other family members and a translator to arrive. She also told the police Din has a glass bottle that he might throw at them. Officers reassured her that they wouldn’t hurt him.

She says three gunshots rang out almost immediately when police went into her brother’s room. Officers claimed Kyaw Din risked harming himself and charged them with a knife before they shot him.

In April 2021, the family of Kyaw Din said they will continue to try to get the case to the Prosecutor’s Office to get justice for him.


David Dungay

Indigenous man David Dungay, 26, died in Sydney’s Long Bay jail on 29 December 2015.

The jail guards rushed his cell, dragged him to another cell, then held him face down and had him injected with a sedative. Before he died he said 12 times that he could not breathe. According to coroner’s report, Dungay died “during a use of physical restraint and rapid tranquillisation in an inpatient mental health unit.”

In December 2016 police have said the death was not suspicious and an internal corrective services investigation has found no criminal negligence. In April 2018 coroner’s report said of a lack of training and experience among staff and discrepancies in knowledge of emergency response protocols. An expert witness told the court Dungay had little chance of survival once his heart arrested but “whatever chance he had was lost” by the attempts at resuscitation.

In April 2021 David’s mother Leetona Dungay attended a protest in Sydney to stop Indigenous deaths in custody and told the crowd of protestors she is still waiting for justice.

In June 2021, the mother of an indigenous Australian who died in custody in December 2015, said that she intended to appeal to the UN to achieve justice for her son. The woman claims that the police officers violated his civil rights and failed to protect his life.


Darren Green

In October 2020, police officers from Harvey, Illinois, shot a 30-year-old black man, Darren Green Jr., after they stopped the car in which he was sitting in the passenger seat because of the lights off.

On October 7, 2020, the police initiated a stop of a car that did not have its rear warning lights on. Green was sitting in the passenger seat. Dashcam footage released by state police shows two officers stopping the car and asking the female driver why her headlights aren’t on. The officer went to the patrol car, and when he returned, he saw the man’s gun, and then got into a verbal altercation with him. Green allegedly climbed into the driver’s seat, swapping places with a woman, then started driving and crashed into a bus stop. A police officer shot Green in the back of the head, causing him to die on the spot.

The officer who shot Green has been placed on administrative leave. In May 2021, Green’s family hired a lawyer and said they intended to seek a fair sentence for the officer in court.


Robby Bailey

In April 2021, police officers from Minden, Louisiana, beat a black man, Robby Bailey, in front of his grandson, who has autism, as a result of which they broke the man’s rib.

Police department of the city of Minden, Louisiana, received a message about a person “lying on the roadway.” The man was Robbie Bailey, a 53-year-old African-American man who had suffered an epileptic seizure. He was walking his autistic grandson to school. Officers who arrived at the scene piled on Bailey and then began kicking and beating him. Witnesses say that while Bailey was lying on the ground, he did not try to resist, did not wave his arms or shout. While the police beat the man, his grandson, who suffers from autism, stood a few meters away and watched what was happening. The man was taken to a local hospital, where it turned out that the officers had broken his rib. The police officers involved in the beating were placed on administrative leave.

Bailey’s family claims that the incident affected the boy, traumatized and shocked him. Speaking at a press conference in late April 2021, the Bailey family said they had hired a lawyer and planned to seek justice in court.


Jack Kokaua

In February 2018, police officers from Sydney, Australia, used excessive force in the arrest of 30-year-old Jack Kokaua, experiencing mental health problems, as a result of which the man died of a heart attack.

During another mental health crisis, Kokaua’s family went to the police as his condition deteriorated. Officers who responded to the call took him to a hospital, from where the man escaped a few hours later. The medical staff reported it to the police, and they went in search of him. According to the department, as soon as the police found Kokaua, he attacked them with his fists, what forced the police to use tear gas and tasers against him. The man fell to the ground face down. The police handcuffed him, after which one of the officers shot the motionless man twice with a stun gun. An hour after the arrest, the man died from a heart attack.

Kokaua’s family and friends are shocked by his death. They sued the city and the officers who used excessive force. In May 2021, a hearing was held, at which the court ruled that the cause of Kokaua’s death was complex and included not only a heart attack, but also asphyxia.


Anzac Sullivan

Indigenous man Anzac Sullivan (Broken Hill, NSW, Australia), 37, died on March 18 when he ran from police officers.

Police officers said Sullivan ran from them after they visited a home on Silver Street in relation to an outstanding warrant. Police said the man suffered a medical episode and he was given CPR before he was taken to Broken Hill Hospital, where he died.

Police have opened an investigation to probe the incident, which will be conducted by a team from the Central North Police District. That investigation will then be subject to an independent review. The findings will be provided to the coroner who will determine the cause of death and “make any findings about the events leading to the man’s death”, police said in a statement.

Anzac Sullivan is the fourth Aboriginal person to die in police custody in March 2021.

In July 2021, the New South Wales coroner said that he will launch an inquest into the death of a Barkandji man after a police pursuit in Broken Hill earlier this year.

In March 2020, police officers from Salt Lake City, Utah, shot an unarmed Brian Peña-Valencia about five times after they thought he was going to get something from his belt. They tried to stop Brian’s car, although they had no reason to do so.

On March 21, 2020, the Salt Lake City Police Department received a call about a shooting. According to the police, as soon as officers arrived at the alleged crime scene, they noticed the car of 28-year-old Brian. The police tried to stop the young man, although they had no reason to do so. Terrified, Brian tried to hide from them, resulting in a chase. A few minutes later, Brian failed to control the car properly and got into an accident. He got out of the car and ran away from the police. Officers caught up with the man and tased him twice, knocking him to the ground. The police thought that Brian was reaching for something in his belt, and they shot him about five times. The man died on the spot. There is no footage from the officer’s body camera, as he claims to have lost the camera while chasing Brian.

Brian’s death outraged the public. Hundreds of people took part in protests and demonstrations against police brutality. In May 2021, the victim’s family filed a federal lawsuit against the Salt Lake City Police Department, accusing them of violating civil rights and using excessive force.