Brisbane rally after death in custody

Queensland Police say the woman's death was the first in the Brisbane station's 20-year history.
Queensland Police say the woman's death was the first in the Brisbane station's 20-year history.

Hundreds of people have gathered in Brisbane, calling for justice after the death of an Indigenous woman in custody.

Family of Aunty Sherry Tilberoo were among those attending the vigil on Friday.

The 49-year-old faced court on September 7 on drug and property offences and was remanded in custody.

She had been due for transfer to prison from the Brisbane city watch house but was found dead in her cell on September 10.

Police are investigating the death, but said an autopsy indicated Ms Tilberoo died from natural causes.

It is the first time anyone has died inside the station in its 20-year history, police said.

Organisers of Friday's rally called for solidarity, citing the Black Lives Matter movement.

"Black deaths in custody occur in many ways whether it be through physical violence or negligent behaviour of caring for vulnerable people in police custody," the Facebook post read.

Australian Associated Press