Exclusive: Comments come after Police Association boss claims the coroner does not hold the health system to as high a standard as officers

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The New South Wales police union’s claim that the force is being unfairly targeted by coronial inquiries has been rubbished by a former state coroner who says officers will always need to undergo “rigorous cross-examination” at inquests.

The former coroner, who requested anonymity, also challenged the NSW Police Association’s claims about the death of Gordon Copeland, a 22-year-old Gomeroi man who drowned after running from officers into a river in Moree in 2021.

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