Brazilian student Taser vision
At the request of his family this video of Brazilian student Roberto Laudisio Curti being Tasered in Sydney in March 2012 has been released by the coroner inquiring into his death.PT1M19S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-27aow 620 349 October 9, 2012
Four policemen whose "thuggish" actions resulted in the death of a young Brazilian student should be charged with manslaughter, the man's devastated family say.
On Friday, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions said there was sufficient evidence to charge two officers with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two officers with the lesser charge of common assault following the death of Roberto Laudisio Curti.
The 21-year-old football player died on Pitt Street in the early hours of March 18, 2012, following a chase by, and violent struggle with, 11 police officers, many of whom were acting on incorrect reports of an armed robbery.
Roberto Laudisio Curti: four officers to be charged over his death. Photo: Supplied
He had earlier jumped the counter of a convenience store in an LSD-induced psychotic state and left with two packets of biscuits.
Tasers were fired up to 14 times - nine hit Mr Curti - and he was restrained by seven officers using three cans of OC spray, two sets of handcuffs, a police baton and "half a tonne" of officers, an inquest heard last October.
The DPP is expected to lay charges within a week, after informing the Police Integrity Commission on Friday that it had sufficient evidence.
It follows an inquest in October 2012 and subsequent investigation by the PIC.
Mr Curti's Brazilian-based uncle Domingos Laudisio demanded the officers be charged with manslaughter.
He said Friday's developments were "a very important step ... in order to bring justice".
"A more in-depth investigation is more than needed regarding manslaughter," he said.
"Although [State Coroner Mary Jerram] has not identified a specific cause of death, she concluded that Roberto's death was unquestionably caused by police action."
Mr Curti had been studying in Australia and living with his sister, Ana Luisa Laudisio de Lucca and brother-in-law, Mike Reynolds in Balmain. His sisters, Ana and Maria, raised Mr Curti.
Mr Reynolds said the charges to be laid against the officers "do not adequately reflect their behaviour on the night".
"We are grateful that the DPP has undertaken a thorough review, and has decided to take action on the recommendations of both the coroner and the PIC. However, the family also believes that the charges don't go far enough," Mr Reynolds said in a statement on behalf of the family.
Of the five officers that Ms Jerram referred to the Police Integrity Commission for their "reckless, careless, dangerous and excessively forceful" actions, four are expected to be charged.
Senior Constable Scott Edmondson, who Tasered Mr Curti twice in the back as he lay on the ground resisting arrest, will be charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Constable Daniel Barling, who Tasered Mr Curti five times in "drive stun" mode (whereby the Taser is pressed against the skin rather than shot from afar), will be charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Senior Constable Damien Ralph, who used three partial cans of capsicum spray on Mr Curti as close as 10 centimetres to his face, while several police officers were on top of him, will be charged with common assault.
Senior Constable Eric Lim, who Tasered Mr Curti once to bring him down to the ground and again when he was face-down in handcuffs, will be charged with common assault.
All four officers were put on non-operational desk duty when they were referred to the PIC last November and had their guns and Tasers taken away.
A police spokesman said this arrangement would not change following the DPP's announcement.
All 11 officers involved had their Tasers taken off them following the inquest but were able to undertake training to be "re-accredited".
While no exact cause of death could be determined, Ms Jerram found that the "thuggish" actions of police contributed.
Mr Curti suddenly stopped breathing after the prolonged struggle.
"Roberto was a wonderful, warm-hearted and caring soul who was taken away from us too early and for no reason," Mr Reynolds said.
"His death has had a massive impact on the family and we continue to mourn his passing on a daily basis. We hope that the court will consider the impact Roberto's death has had on the family."