NIT: Royal commission calls sparked by fourth Qld death in custody

QUEENSLAND, March 24, 2010: A fourth death in custody in just over a month in Queensland has sparked calls for a Royal Commission inquiry.

Police say a 41-year-old man died in the Rockhampton watchhouse on Tuesday morning.

“Initial investigations indicate the man was not breathing and unresponsive when checked by watchhouse personnel shortly after 2am (AEST),” police said in a statement.

Police and ambulance officers tried to revive the man but he was pronounced dead a short time later, the statement said.

A report will be prepared for the coroner and the police ethical standards command is investigating.

It’s the latest in a string of deaths in custody in Queensland.

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