Aboriginal man shackled in chains on deathbed in hospital

The family of an Aboriginal man who was shackled in chains on his death bed have spoken out about their horror.

Eric Whittaker, 36, died in police custody at Westmead Hospital in Sydney following an aneurysm with his ankles cuffed with shackles on July 4.

Mr Whittaker's father, Jamie, has opened up about the outrage his family feels at the way his son was treated before his death.

Eric Whittaker, 36 died in police custody at Westmead Hospital in Sydney following an aneurysm with his ankles cuffed with shackles on July 4

Eric Whittaker, 36 died in police custody at Westmead Hospital in Sydney following an aneurysm with his ankles cuffed with shackles on July 4

'There was no dignity. It's like he's an animal… it's not as if he could get up and run away,' Jamie told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Corrective services said their treatment of Mr Whittaker was in accordance with protocol, and are not treating his death as suspicious.

Mr Whittaker was arrested on June 27 charged with offences including possession of stolen goods, carrying a knife in a public place and failure to appear in court.

He was transferred from Surry Hills to Parklea jail, where he was automatically classified as maximum security. 

Doctors were later told Mr Whittaker

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