Police face charges over taser death of Brazilian student

FOUR Sydney police officers face criminal charges over the "thuggish" taser death of Brazilian student Roberto Curti.

More than a year after former NSW Coroner Mary Jerram rebuked the actions of police, the Director of Public Prosecutions announced on Friday that there was sufficient evidence to charge four of the officers involved.

Mr Curti, 21, died following a struggle with police in Sydney's CBD last March.

A coronial inquest heard he had been high on drugs when he jumped the counter of a convenience store and took two packets of biscuits.

Police arriving at the scene tasered Mr Curti up to 14 times and dispensed three cans of capsicum spray.

Ms Jerram found the officer's had used excessive force and described their behaviour as something out of the Lord of the Flies.

Two of the officers are expected to be charged with actual bodily harm while two others likely to be accused of common assault.

In a statement released on Friday NSW Police said an "appropriate interim management action remains in place for the officers concerned" but as legal proceedings were under way it was inappropriate to provide further comment.



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