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A critical incident investigation is underway following the death of a man in Casino today.

Just after 11am officers from Richmond Police District were called to a showground on Summerland Way at Casino, following reports a man had been assaulted.

On arrival, a 48-year-old man allegedly assaulted a police officer before he was arrested and taken to Casino Police Station.

While in custody, the man became unconscious. Despite the efforts of responding police and NSW Ambulance paramedics, the man died in custody.

A critical incident team from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad will now investigate all circumstances surrounding the man’s death.

The investigation will be subject to an independent review and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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  1. Death in custody in Casino? Is there no further detail your reporters could seek from the police. What was the condition of the man when he was arrested? What happened to the man from the time of arrest to the discovery of his death? Does not one police officer have anything to add? Did you ask?

    • Adrian, they only give us what they give us – when they have a full report, they give us that.
      All of the questions you asked, they will be looking into and let us know. It’s part of the investigation, and they don’t give us anythign else until they are done.

  2. How is it that an otherwise healthy man can assault a police officer, be placed in custody, became unconscious, then die in care???
    Was he tasered to death? Was he put in a choke hold to be subdued? Was he hit with the telephone book for assaulting police?
    Does a death in custody become less tragic because he is male, middle-class n white? Truth be told, he did have a small percentage of indigenous blood, but not raised as such. Will his death be swept under the rug?
    I have not seen him for a few years. At the time he was happy, healthy and strong. So I can only speculate what happened leading up to his death.
    He is a good man with a good heart, but can be unpredictable and defensive when not under control with proper dosage of medications to help balance his mind. He was a talented sketch artist. He deserves to be remembered in good light, not by the violent assaults in the end.
    He is my cousin. He has family. He is loved. RIP Phillip

    • Terry thank you for shining light on who he is and I’m sorry for the loss of your cousin. Love to you and his family ❤️💛🖤

  3. On July 11, 2021 I ran after my dog who ran into the intersection at Wrigley Field, Chicago. I was jumped by police, cheek to street with over 1,000 people looking. I was never arrested prior and I was in the midst of taking my masters course in Criminal Justice. I was arrested and held over night. When the officers came to see me in my cell I asked, “Why was I not read my Miranda rights”? They both chuckled and said, “We are not asking you any questions so we don’t need to read you your rights”. That was the beginning of a three night stay in jail, first on the north side then I was taken to cook county jail. I was beaten and tortured in the male wing of the prison even though I am female. I was chained to the cell behind my back and my left leg too. They finally released me at 2:30 am three days later because I couldnt pay the $100 bail as I had nothing on me. It cost me $5000 to turn my felony in the second degree ( assaulting a police officer) to a misdemeanor. I am grateful I made it out alive, most people in there are doomed to a life in jail or death. It is a real life, “Handsmaids Tale”.


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