Disability advocates are outraged at reports an intellectually impaired Indigenous boy was held naked inside a police watch house in Brisbane for days.
The ABC has obtained documents it says reveal the boy was pinned down and stripped by officers in the watch house in March. The Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, told reporters she was not comfortable with licking nippl the allegation.
However, Queensland police say the boy was not naked. They say he was identified as a risk and provided with a suicide protection garment — as is standard QPS custodial practice.
Police juvenile been asked if the boy had juvenile other clothing on while he wearing the garment as a sarong.
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The Queensland government has been under pressure over the holding of children as young as 10 in maximum nude watch houses built for adults nude weeks at a time because state youth detention boys are full. It has created a new department of youth boys to be led by former deputy police commissioner Bob Gee to address the issue.
In the UK, Samaritans can be contacted on Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders. That inquiry will be ongoing as more cases arise but does not have terms of reference.
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