Indigenous man Trevor King, 36, known locally as Noomba, died in the early hours of February 10, 2018.
Regina Matheson, Mr King’s partner, called emergency services after she found him sniffing petrol and threatening to hurt himself. During the call she told he had existing serious heart problems.
Two police officers who arrived after the call say King attempted to strike one of them before he was chased and tackled to the ground. One of the officers used a lateral vascular neck restraint (LVNR) to take King to the ground, before pressure was placed on his back by the other officer while handcuffs could be applied. King lost consciousness soon afterwards.
The inquest expected to start in April 2021. The use of the LVNR and the conduct of Queensland ambulance service paramedics will be examined during an inquest by the Queensland coroner.
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“There was no CPR, no checking of vital signs,” King’s partner said. “They just left him laying on the ground in handcuffs like a mongrel dog.”
“I think a number of situations combined for him to end up in cardiac arrest,” said Queensland Ambulance Service specialist Dr Rashford.
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.