Chad Riley, 39, died after being restrained by police officers in Perth in May 2017.
Police were responding to a call about a robbery. On their way to a scene two constables saw Mr Riley in a car park, with his head in his hands and slapping his forehead. The constables went to Mr Riley and tried to speak to him, but he did not respond, and they called for an ambulance. According to police, Riley then said to constables “I’m going to kill you”, shouting loudly and advancing towards them. He allegedly tried to snatch an officer’s gun.
One of the officers used a taser and Mr Riley went down. Inquest found that the taser was trigger-activated 10 times over a period of less than two minutes. When ambulance arrived Mr Riley was breathing but not responsive. He was declared dead at a hospital.
In May 2021 the inquest was shown a footage of the incident. Riley’s family urged the court to release the footage that was shown to the inquest to the public.
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Riley’s sister, Cassandra Riley, urged the court to release the footage that was shown to the inquest to the public. She said: “People need to see it. Someone has to be held responsible for my brother’s death.”
The cause of death was described as “consistent with cardiac arrhythmia following violent exertion necessitating physical restraint in a man with methylamphetamine effect, known as systemic hypertension and morbid obesity”.
The initiative group has requested the clarification from Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison, Attorney-General of Australia Michaelia Cash and Minister for Home Affairs of Australia Karen Andrews. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.