Disturbing moment police officer accuses Aboriginal man of faking illness when he collapsed during arrest and died moments later
- Paul Reid, 50, died shortly after his arrest at his Adelaide home in May 2017
- Audio of the incident has been released as part of an investigation into his death
- A cop can be heard on the radio saying that Mr Reid ‘famed unconsciousness’
- Inquest examines police use of force and response to medical emergencies
Police accused an Aboriginal man of feigning an illness when he collapsed just before his death when they arrested him.
Officers arrived at Paul Reid’s house in Parafield Gardens, in Adelaide’s northern suburbs, in May 2017, following reports of a domestic incident.
The 50-year-old father of 10 collapsed shortly after his arrest and never regained consciousness.
Now shocking audio recordings released as part of an investigation into his death show that an officer radioed a colleague to claim that Mr. Reid had started faking a “medical episode” after he was killed. handcuffed.
Paul Reid, 50, (pictured) died after being arrested at his north Adelaide home in May 2017
“The arrested person has decided to be unconscious,” the police officer said in the sound clip, obtained by 7News.
“He was up and screaming and screaming before the handcuffs went on and then suddenly decided not to respond.
“He was holding his breath before, but he doesn’t seem to be responding now.”
The officers called an ambulance – but whether they responded quickly enough is now part of an investigation into the police’s response to Mr Reid’s medical emergency and the violence used against him.
Chris Reid said he begged officers to give his father heart medication minutes before he died, but they refused.
“I tried to give it to them, but they wouldn’t take it, they refused to take it,” he told reporters at the time.
“They grabbed him by the throat and said, ‘Don’t tell me how to do my damn job.'”
Audio released as part of an inquest into Mr Reid’s death has revealed a police officer accused him of ‘faking unconsciousness’ on SA police radio moments before he died
The inquest also heard recordings of the first phone call from Reid’s former partner Rosemary Hadley to police, who arrived at the scene 20 minutes later.
“My partner is running away, my kids are stopping him because he wants to hit me,” Mr Hadley said.
“He tried to hit me with a didgeridoo.”
Mr Reid’s family claims the officers used excessive force and took too long to call paramedics and hope the inquest will answer questions about his death.
“All I want is justice for my ex-partner, we want answers,” Ms Hadley said Wednesday.
The investigation continues.