Police Abuse

Why are so many First Nations kids in detention in the NT in the first place?

Thalia Anthony, Associate Professor in Law, University of Technology Sydney

Across Australia, Indigenous children constitute at least 54% of children in juvenile detention centres. The proportion of Indigenous children in penal detention centres in the NT is higher than in any other state or territory: 97% of children in NT juvenile detention centres are Indigenous. [node:read-more:link]

Eddie Murray: Back where it all began

CULTURAL WARNING - Images and voice

June 2016 marked 35 years since the death of Eddie Murray in police custody. Eddie’s passing still causes reverberations today – it was in part the efforts of his father, Arthur Murray, which led to the establishment of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. EMMA PURDY* reports.

First Royal Commission on atrocities against Aboriginal prisoners - WA 1905

Frontier history North West Australia 2005

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Notice the tin mug placed in strategic places on the tin wall behind the prisoners - if one wanted a drink or go to the toilet the whole gang would have to go with them. In some cases, people were chained next to a member of a tribal group that is culturally inappropriate to even to speak to, never-loan the different customs and language barriers. It's no wonder they had difficulty fitting into their own family group when they were 'lucky' enough to return to their home. [node:read-more:link]

UN calls WA Legislative Council to dump Barnett's anti-protest laws

Colin Barnett

The United Nations Office of the High Commission on Human Rights has made a rare foray into West Australian politics, calling on the Legislative Council to vote down the Barnett Government’s controversial anti-protest laws.

The laws would create criminal offences punishable by up to two years jail or a $24,000 fine for “physically preventing lawful activity” or possessing any “thing” police suspect was intended to be used for that offence. [node:read-more:link]

Police officer breached AFP code of conduct in confrontation with NITV journalist, probe finds

Australian Federal Police under scrutiny

A police officer involved in a confrontation with a journalist from the national Indigenous broadcaster on Anzac Day breached the AFP's Code of Conduct, an inquiry has found. NITV video journalist Myles Morgan was filming a march by Indigenous and non-Indigenous people calling for recognition of Indigenous people killed during the colonisation of Australia, when the incident took place at Anzac Parade in Canberra this year. During the march, which took place behind a traditional Anzac Day parade, a scuffle broke out between protesters and members of ACT Policing, a branch of the Australian Federal Police. One officer drew his taser and gestured at one of the march leaders. [node:read-more:link]

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