MOSCOW, December 16 (Sputnik) — Three Australian police officers accused of fatally assaulting Brazilian student Roberto Curti in Sydney in 2012 have been found not guilty, while one officer faces jail time, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported Tuesday.
According to the prosecutors, the actions of the police officers were excessive and went against Australian laws, AAP stated.
Curti was a 21-year-old student from Sao Paolo, Brazil. On March 18, 2012 he consumed LSD, after which he was overcome by acute psychosis and delusional behavior. The police officers pursued and tackled Curti after he stole two packets of biscuits from a convenience store, an incident incorrectly reported as an armed robbery by an eyewitness.
Curti was hit multiple times with a police Taser, handcuffed and subjected to pepper spray, after which the man stopped breathing and died.
New South Wales police officers Scott James Edmondson and Daniel David Barling were charged with assault resulting in bodily harm, while Chin Aun Lim and Damian John Ralph faced charges of common assault. Only officer Ralph was found guilty.