Gamilaroi man James Peachey, 27, died after being tasered by police in Gunnedah, Australia.
In May 2021, police were called to the address due to concerns about his behavior. Mr Peachey allegedly became aggressive towards police causing them to use a taser and pepper spray on him. He lost consciousness and was given CPR by officers before being taken to a hospital where he died soon after. A female officer was also taken to hospital after suffering a bite wound to her right forearm and an injury to her knee.
Peachey’s family claim that he had never been in trouble with the law in the past, but in the week leading up to his death he had a number of interactions with police, who the family say were aware of his mental health issues. The family say they are infuriated with the lack of support that was given to him, and are demanding answers as to why the level of force was used.
A critical incident team from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad will investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident. NSW Police said Peachey’s death won’t be treated as a death in custody.
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“He needed help! We were trying to get him help but no one would help him without an assessment, and nobody would assess him.” Peachey’s sister said.
“It’s been treated as a critical incident from an NSW Police perspective, and again the details of that will be determined by the investigation. It is in its very preliminary stages and at this stage I would not be able to comment on that aspect.” said New South Wales Police Force Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie.
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.