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Prison guards on strike after officer’s manslaughter charge upgraded to murder

More than 6000 prison guards across NSW are on strike today after prosecutors upgraded a charge against their colleague to murder. Wiradjuri man Dwayne Johnstone was killed in 2019 while running from prison guards after a stay at Lismore Base Hospital. Public Service Association general secretary Stewart Little said members would strike from 6am on …

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Highest number of Indigenous deaths in NSW Police custody ever – doubling 1997 record

The number of Indigenous deaths in NSW Police custody in 2021 doubled the previous record set 25 years ago. In 2021, 16 Aboriginal people died while in police custody, doubling the previous record of eight in 1997. Sixteen Indigenous deaths in NSW Police custody The NSW State Coroner is responsible for investigating any death that …

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Highest number of Indigenous deaths in NSW Police custody ever

Man found dead in prison cell in Grafton

A man has been found dead in his cell at Clarence Correctional Centre in Grafton on Saturday morning. NSW Corrective Services confirmed that the 41-year-old man was the centre’s first death in custody. Grafton Prison: Death in Custody The man is yet to be identified by Serco, the operator of the jail. They declined to …

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NT Government support use of spit hoods in police custody

The Northern Territory government is resisting calls to ban the use of spit hoods on children. New data has shown that the use of spit hoods on children increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Spit hoods had been used 27 times on children since 2018, and chair restraints six times. The youngest child was 12 years …

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NT Government support use of spit hoods in police custody

Murder trial for Kumanjayi Walker underway after numerous delays

*This post contains photos and names of an Aboriginal man who has passed away* The murder trial of the man who fatally shot Aboriginal teenager Kumanjayi Walker has finally begun, after numerous delays. Constable Zachary Rolfe stands accused of murder after the officer shot the Yuendumu man three times in November 2019. Two years since …

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Young girl with autism handcuffed by police after meltdown at school

A confronting video of a nine-year-old girl in handcuffs and taken away by police after a meltdown at school is circulating.  Consequently, advocates are crying out for better mental health support services in NSW. Police handcuffed and led away nine-year-old Makayla from her south-west Sydney school. Makayla is an intelligent child who struggles with a …

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NT cop’s ‘good faith’ murder defence thwarted by High Court

*This article contains names and images of an Indigenous person who has passed* The High Court of Australia has handed down a judgment ruling that Northern Territory cop Zachary Rolfe cannot use a ‘good faith’ defence in his murder trial. Rolfe’s legal team attempted to use an immunity defence located in the NT Police Administration …

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Zachary Rolfe: NT cops 'good faith' murder defence thwarted by High Court

Indigenous man shot by police in western Sydney

NSW Police officers have shot dead a 45-year-old Indigenous man following a “physical confrontation” on Tuesday morning. Four officers were attending a home in Seven Hills in Sydney’s North-West to locate a man wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant. Indigenous man shot by police Police have alleged the man was wielding a knife and an …

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Police shootings at all time high in Australia with concerns about militarisation of police

Fatal police shootings in Australia are at an all-time high, according to data from the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC). Shootings rose by 78 per cent between 2018-19 and 2019-20 alone. Critics have have raised concerns as to the over-militarisation of the police force, with deadly results. Fatal police shootings at all-time high There were …

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NSW holds highest number of Indigenous deaths in custody for 2019-20

New South Wales is the most lethal place to be an Indigenous person in prison, according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC). However, with six Indigenous deaths in custody in 2021 so far, the State has already outnumbered last years data. A lethal state Between 2019-20, New South Wales held …

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NSW holds highest number of Indigenous deaths in custody

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