Brazil demands justice over student's Sydney Taser death

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Brazil demands justice over student's Sydney Taser death

Postby sledge » Wed Mar 21, 2012 7:45 am

A Student was killed by a Police Taser Gun after supposing stealing a packet of buscuits. :scratch:

he Brazilian government says it wants a rigorous investigation into the death of a 21-year-old student who was tasered by police in Sydney.

Roberto Laudisio Curti died shortly before sunrise on Sunday morning after he had been sprayed with capsicum spray and tasered.

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The Brazilian student had been living with his sister and her Australian husband in Sydney since last winter, while studying English and playing soccer.

His uncle flew into Sydney from Sao Paulo last night and the family has engaged a lawyer to help them find answers.

He will help Mr Laudisio Curti's sister return the body to Brazil.

"We are still coming to terms with the sudden and unexpected loss of our beloved Roberto," the family said in a statement.

"He was a young man who was much loved by his family and his many friends, both in Australia and Brazil, and had a promising future ahead of him."

The student's parents died of cancer recently.

The Brazilian foreign ministry has now ordered its consulate in Sydney to assist the dead man's family and "obtain the necessary clarifications from the Australian authorities".

The ministry says it is confident Australian authorities will conduct an investigation "with the necessary rigour".

Police officers said Mr Laudisio Curti was resisting arrest, but detectives are looking into whether guidelines were breached by tasering Mr Laudisio Curti as he ran away.

Stun guns are only meant to be deployed by officers to protect people from violence.

There have been reports that Mr Laudisio Curti was tasered by up to three officers.

Police had been investigating the theft of a packet of biscuits from a nearby convenience store.

His uncle has been quoted in the media rejecting the notion his nephew would have stolen biscuits, and saying Mr Laudisio Curti had been given a clean bill of health.

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