• The family and supporters of Julieka Dhu outside court in Perth on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. Her grandmother Carol Roe (L) and mother Della Roe. (AAP)Source: AAP
West Australian police will take no further action against officers, who had adverse findings against them, after an Aboriginal woman died in custody, saying they have already been dealt with.
2 Jun 2017 - 2:54 PM  UPDATED 5 Jun 2017 - 10:54 AM

In August 2014, 22-year-old Ms Dhu complained she was unwell while locked up at South Hedland Police Station for unpaid fines, but some officers assumed she was faking or coming down from drugs.

The Aboriginal Legal Service of WA says her family has written to Police Minister Michelle Roberts, arguing the officers treated Ms Dhu without proper care or dignity, and should be dismissed or sanctioned, but police have rejected those calls.

After an internal investigation, four officers were sanctioned for unprofessional conduct, breaching regulations and failing in their duties, and seven other officers were found to have breached policy and procedures.

"All officers were dealt with in 2014 with the police internal processes that existed at that time," WA Police said in an emailed statement on Friday.

"The state coroner broadly agreed with our findings and as such no further action will be taken against them."  

Officers took Ms Dhu to hospital three times in as many days, but she was released back into custody after being cleared by medical staff on the first two occasions.
When her condition deteriorated further, she was taken back to hospital and was later declared deceased.
WA Police says changes have been made to custodial policies and procedures since Ms Dhu's death to ensure the safety and preserve the dignity of detainees.

With AAP

Comment: Ode to Ms Dhu a powerful means to expose racism and demand justice
The Cat Empire’s Felix Riebl has just released a song about Ms Dhu's death to create awareness, expose racism and demand for justice.
Coroner: Ms Dhu's death preventable, police 'unprofessional and inhumane'
The West Australian coroner has handed down her findings into the causes of Ms Dhu's death.
Why did she die? Ms Dhu's family anxiously await coronial findings
Today, more than two years since Ms Dhu died in agonising pain, the West Australian Coroner Ros Fogliani will release her findings into the death.
Justice, respect, dignity: Honouring the memory of Ms Dhu
The principle of ‘open justice’ must override concerns about privacy and dignity. Should the coroner refuse to grant the family’s application to release the footage of Ms Dhu's final hours, this refusal would be an extension of the wall of silence and invisibility around Ms Dhu's death in custody.