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TASER DEATH OF ROBERTO LAUDISIO TRIGGERS PROTEST

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Published on Apr 3, 2012

Protesters placed hundreds of packets of biscuits outside the consulate to symbolise the trivial crime Laudisio was accused of committing in the hours before his death.
Up to six NSW police officers chased Laudisio -- who was accused of stealing a packet of biscuits -- through Sydney's CBD at about 5.30am, allegedly tasering him three times before he died.
Laudisio had been in Australia on a student visa studying English and living with his older sister and brother-in-law in Sydney's east.
Dozens of protesters held up signs branding the police "cowards" for what they believe was a disproportionate response from officers.
"Police cowards show your face," one sign read, while another man held up a poster saying "We want justice".
Brazilian authorities were furious after footage showing Laudisio apparently being tasered in the back was leaked to the media, and immediately demanded an independent inquiry.
The Laudisio family have since employed a Sydney legal firm to carry out their own investigation.
A family member of Laudisio, contacted by The Australian yesterday, declined to comment.
A spokeswoman for the NSW Police said the investigation by the NSW Coroner was ongoing.
Commissioner Andrew Scipione yesterday commented on the difficulties police have had to deal with over the past few weeks, and made mention of a 34-year-old man who was gunned down by police in the middle of a western Sydney shopping centre - 4 April 2012.

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