A Brisbane labourer suffered a fatal heart attack less than an hour after he was brought to the ground by police for causing a disturbance, an inquest heard.
A coroner is investigating the case of a Queensland man who suffered a fatal heart attack after he was manhandled by police.
An inquest into the 2013 death of 49-year-old labourer Brad Wilson began in Brisbane on Monday.
The father of five collapsed less than an hour after he was arrested by two plain-clothes police officers for causing a disturbance at federal election polling booths in Brisbane on September 7 last year.
He died in hospital later that day.
A history of complaints made against one of the officers was among evidence tendered in court on Monday.
Polling booth official Toni Toohey told the inquest Mr Wilson had been agitated and was swearing and yelling about having to wait in a long queue in the heat at the Mt Gravatt State School.
The two on-duty officers, who were there to vote, stepped in and told the dreadlocked man to calm down.
Ms Toohey said she didn’t see the whole incident but heard one police officer repeatedly tell Mr Wilson “don’t touch me”.
“I turned around and I noticed that Mr Wilson was on the ground with one of the policemen holding him down and the other one standing in front of him,” she told the inquest.
“He was lying on the ground, he had his head on his side. A policeman had his knee on his neck and shoulder, I think holding his arm behind his back.”
Mr Wilson was given a notice to appear in court for creating a public nuisance and released.
His distraught partner testified that police made Mr Wilson leave the school via a rear exit and separately from her.
They met on a nearby street corner.
“He said to me, `baby I don’t feel well and with that he laid back down,” Michelle Clarkson said through tears.
“His eyes were just starting to roll back in his head and he was foaming at the mouth.”
Ms Clarkson said police stopped her from travelling in the ambulance with her partner and she wasn’t allowed to see his body until several hours after he was pronounced dead.
The detective who led an internal investigation into the incident said the officers’ decision to arrest Mr Wilson had been reasonable and appropriate.
The inquest before Coroner Terry Ryan is expected to continue until Wednesday.