In 2015, a 26-year old Dunghutti man, David Dungay Jnr had his prison cell in Long Bay Jail stormed after he refused to stop eating a packet of biscuits. David suffered from diabetes. Prison officers restrained and sedated Mr Dungay. He died soon after.
Today, family and supporters gathered at the Downing Centre in central Sydney to attend the beginning of a 2-week long Coronial inquest into Dungay's death. As graphic footage was played in court of the last moments of Dungay's life, several family members walked out. His mother Leetona, stayed to witness the footage, wiping away tears as she did so.
During the lunch time intermission, Leetona Dungay emerged from the court and addressed the media, calling for a full independent inquiry. Hawk Newsome, President of Black Lives Matter in the Greater New York was also in attendance and powerfully drew comparisons to Black American deaths at the hands of police in the USA. Calls were made not to forget David Dungay's case. The crowd chanted, "Say his Name! David Dungay!"
The inquest will continue for the next two weeks.
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