"Why are black men still targets?"
This wall was painted by KASINO and assisted by Mags at Kingsford Smith Drive, Hamiliton Brisbane in late 2007. It was a response to the not guilty verdict on the Police officer....
Over 350 Aboriginal deaths in custody and not one conviction??
here is an excerpt taken from the Sydney Morning Herald...
Officer's blow killed Mulrunji, says coroner
September 28, 2006
Death in custody … Mulrunji.
Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley may face charges after the acting State Coroner, Christine Clements, yesterday ruled that Mulrunji died after being struck while on the floor of a police station on November 19, 2004.
Queensland's Premier, Peter Beattie, said the Attorney-General, Linda Lavarch, had referred the report to the Director of Public Prosecutions, who will consider charges.
An autopsy in 2004 found that Mulrunji, 36, died from a ruptured liver and portal vein, and had suffered four broken ribs. The report sparked a riot on the island that left the courthouse, police station and barracks in ruins.
Ms Clements found that Senior Sergeant Hurley struck Mulrunji, who had been arrested for being drunk and disorderly and a public nuisance, several times after the pair wrestled at the back entrance of the station. She said Senior Sergeant Hurley was angry at being punched by Mulrunji as he let him out of the police vehicle.
"I find that Senior Sergeant Hurley hit Mulrunji while he was on the floor a number of times in a direct response to himself having been hit in the jaw and then falling to the floor," Ms Clements said.
"I conclude these actions … caused the fatal injuries. It's a terrible tragedy that such a minor incident can lead to a man's death in custody."
The accused riot ringleader, Lex Wotton, placed his head in his hands as Ms Clements read her findings to a Townsville courtroom. Mulrunji's de facto partner of a decade, Tracey Twaddle, wept silently. His three sisters were also in court.
In all, Ms Clements made 40 recommendations. She urged police officers to use alternatives to arrests when dealing with drunks, sought the establishment of a government-funded community patrol and diversionary centre on the island and recommended an overhaul of the police operational procedures manual.
Ms Clements said the tragedy could have been avoided, and she found police guidelines for routine checks on drunks in cells to be inadequate.
She also chastised the handling of initial police inquiries in which investigators from the mainland accepted lifts from and were guided by Senior Sergeant Hurley to the crime scene. They also had dinner at his house.
The Queensland Police Union has labelled the inquest a witch hunt. "This decision by the coroner has dumbfounded us. Chris Hurley has been hung out to dry by her," said the union's president, Gary Wilkinson.
"He has done nothing wrong and has the full support of the union."
The Queensland Government has set up a high-level task force to review the report's recommendations, while cabinet will consider the result of the review before the end of the year.
Outside the inquest, Palm Island's Mayor, Erykah Kyle, said the community wanted further justice. "[There's] a long way yet. A little at a time. We can only hope, you know."
taken from the Sydney Morning Herald