The first prosecution of a police officer was for the th death in custody following the royal commission. Indigenous incarceration and police custody rates have actually increased since the royal commission tabled its report. There has been an equivalent increase in unsentenced Indigenous prisoners in remand. Minor public order offences, such as offensive language, continue to be punished. Police powers in relation to public drunkenness and arrest have been extended.
The right to bail has been undermined with increasing exceptions for property offences as an example. Maximum prison penalties and mandatory prison sentences have escalated.
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The remit The commission was asked to examine 99 deaths between and Prejudice and a lack of care In its first task, the commission examined each stage of the criminal justice system. It found Indigenous disadvantage arose from: prejudicial policing, especially for minor crimes relating to public order; the police tendency to caution, charge and arrest Indigenous people, rather than issue warnings or court attendance notices; police and courts not granting bail to Indigenous people; and courts sentencing Indigenous people to prison rather than handing down non-prison sentences.
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Our Vision Learn Contribute. We contract those services out. We utilize a team in Allentown. That's who retains the specimens. They don't always tell us what they retain. We made that clear to the family from the beginning. She noted that removing the throat is typical in this kind of investigation because "we have to make sure there wasn't any kind of component that caused asphyxia.
We are working to do that.
The truth will come out. I can't comment on the active investigation. Representatives for the prison could not be reached for comment Friday. An initial autopsy by the York County Coroner's Office stated Palmer died after an incident "following an excited state" during which he "began hitting his head against the inside of his cell door" and was restrained. The report says Palmer became agitated as a result of "methamphetamine toxicity. According to his family, Palmer never had any health problems leading up to his death. They also say the autopsy report of him hitting himself is completely out of character.
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The York County Coroner's Office updated its autopsy results on July 28, , to include a manner of death, which it listed as "undetermined. Gay said investigations into possible drug-related deaths can take one to three years. She ruled out one cause of death, saying it wasn't suicide. The family says Palmer did have "some history of drug use," but never meth.
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Prison processing reports made available to the family provided no indication that Palmer was under the influence or had any drug paraphernalia listed in his items when he arrived. We don't believe that happened," Merritt said. Palmer's body was returned to his family, but it was only after the family hired their own independent forensic pathologist that they discovered Palmer's body was missing three body parts. The highly unusual part is to misplace them," Merritt said.
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For seven months, the family could not track down Palmer's brain, heart or throat. They say they were told by the York County Coroner to check with the funeral home for the body parts. The family says they were later told by the coroner that the body parts were at an independent lab. However, the lab, Merritt says, has refused to hand over the parts, citing an ongoing investigation.
Merritt says the family believes the body parts will reveal details of how Palmer died. Kyle King, the chief administrator and spokesman for the district attorney, told CNN by phone, "The office of the district attorney does not comment on pending or ongoing investigations. When asked how long an investigation into a case like this typically takes, King said, "Every investigation is unique. Multiple calls to the Pennsylvania State Police, which is listed as the investigating police agency on the autopsy, were not returned.
A voicemail message left with the York County Coroner's Office also went unanswered.
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Of the five children in the Palmer family, Everett Palmer Jr. He was a "gentle giant," tall and muscular, and served as a US Army paratrooper. An avid sports fan, especially of basketball, Palmer was often found working out in the gym or helping others achieve their goals as a personal trainer. Palmer also enjoyed being a DJ and had a very "eclectic taste in music," preferring heavy metal, according to his brother, Dwayne. He may have looked imposing, his brother says, but he loved to smile.
He was the life of the family," Dwayne Palmer said. He was a loving person. Speaking from his home in New York, Dwayne says the family just wants to know what happened. He says the information they have been given so far is scant.