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Australian police to be charged with assaulting Brazilian student who died during arrest

December 12, 2013 - 10:51 PM

SYDNEY - Four Australian police officers will be charged with assaulting a 21-year-old Brazilian student who died while being arrested in Sydney last year.

Roberto Laudisio Curti died in March last year after New South Wales state police shocked him with Tasers up to 14 times. Police also used capsicum spray, handcuffs and a baton against him after chasing him on foot through downtown Sydney.

The Police Integrity Unit spokeswoman Pru Sheaves said Friday that the police corruption watchdog will charge four policemen with assault causing bodily harm and common assault. The charges carry prison sentences of seven and two years, respectively.

The corruption watchdog says the state's chief prosecutor has advised that there is sufficient evidence to support the charges.

Curti's death has been the subject of several inquiries.

News from © The Associated Press, 2013
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