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Two Kinds of Facts

Since the shooting of 6 unarmed Aboriginal occupants of a stolen car by police officers at Kings Cross we have witnessed a major push by the police, the O’Farrell Government and the (mostly right-wing) media to turn our attention away from the dangerous and possible lethal attack by the police to bring to bear upon the Families of the 6 aboriginal youth involved in the event.

Assistant Commissioner Murdoch opined that we should not just focus on the police shooting but we must broaden our view to take in the wider picture. I totally agree with him but he has access to the wider picture whilst we do not. Show it to the Public, please. Let us all be aware of what happened on that morning that 6 of our youth had a near-death experience.

Our successful rally on Tuesday 24 April showed the police and the Government quite clearly where the blame belonged but also where the proper solutions must be found. It is within their jurisdiction that change must be made. Changes at the Social level, whilst undoubtedly helpful, will not stop police violence by itself. We must accept however that we do have fractured Families, along with many other non-Aboriginal Families, and we have fractured youth of all persuasions. Such Families are moulded by circumstances such as poverty, unemployment, broken homes, among other social crises.

That such is the social case merely highlights the complete and abject failure of previous NSW Governments, and the lack of positive social programs by the current Government, to address our social problems but especially our youth problems. Our Aboriginal youth are currently some %60 of the juvenile justice population and still rising. But surely the answer does not lie in the police shooting at our kids in such a cavalier or gung-ho fashion. Should the police continue in this extreme action then it could be your child who is shot at next. And most probably killed.

No amount of white-washing by the police or the Government removes one iota of their responsibility to stop once and for all the brutality of their police force in dealing with those they see as offenders.

Our call remains the same!

We demand that police brutality, including 5 police-related deaths in custody, be stopped immediately and the NSW police be made answerable to the Public by the setting up of Police Citizens Review Boards similar to those of the USA and some European countries. The members of these Boards are to be voted in by the people of NSW.

Our second demand is for the NSW Government and the Police Force to bite the bullet for a fully independent Investigative Unit to be formed of properly qualified professionals who have no connection to any police member past or present. This action will finally give us what we are always told is ours by Right of Law and that is real Justice. A Justice that will stop the criminality and the brutality of the police in this State.

The third demand is for Tasers to be removed from all frontline police and a full and open Public Enquiry be held into their use and who should use them. Such an enquiry would also need to hold an audit and review of the use of Glock hand guns, the requirement for in-depth training, including psychiatric assessment of all officers, of the use the Glock and finally who should be issued with such a deadly weapon.

Tasers were given the Government spin that they were harmless and would save lives. Nothing can be further from the truth. Three days after Roberto Laudisio Curti was tortured and killed by 6 police officers, Premier Barry O’Farrell made the ridiculous and ill-informed statement that Tasers do not kill. Premier, I and so many others totally disagree with you. We know why you made that erroneous statement but we do not agree with your police force either.

The last five days have highlighted that we live in a very split society. We live in a society that allows some few to hoard the Facts to themselves so as to continue to keep themselves in power or powerful. They inform us of what the Facts are but we call this ‘spin.’ The Public are starved of the real Facts for this would be non-advantageous to those in Power. Official Facts are lies and we must fight against them at all times. Then there is the Secret Facts that we must continue to fight for, and so it is with the Kings Cross shooting. We demand the full Facts and not the Government/police/media Facts. We demand that Police Commissioner Scipione open this police investigation to the full view of the Public and the 6 involved Families!

To this end we will be holding another rally on Saturday 12 May 2012 at 2.30 pm outside the Kings Cross police station.

This day is the National Day of Action called for by all Aboriginal groups around Australia, and their supporters, to commemorate the 400+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Deaths in Custody since 1 January 1980. Since January this year we have included all deaths in custody to be worthy of inclusion in our demands for real Justice.

Come one, come all.

Our fight is your fight is our fight!

FOR KOORI JUSTICE
Ray Jackson
President

For further information contact Raul Bassi on 0403 037 376 or myself as above.

2 responses to “Two Kinds of Facts

  1. shane Backhouse

    Talking about deaths in custody i have found out one particular thing that is common in the death in police custody.How come in all instances -1- the prisoner fell over and hit his head. WHEN THAT IS NOT SUITABLE -2- The prisoner had a pre existing internal health problem .-3- WHEN THAT IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH .
    The prisoner suffered a heart attack.And they always get a coronor who is supportive of the police to give the ortopsy findings.
    ISN’T THAT UN BELIEABLE .AND THE HONEST GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS THAT DO THEIR HONEST BEST FOR THE CITIZEN OF SOCIETY.COME OUT AND SUPPORT THE POLICE .KNOWING THAT THERE IS A COVER UP OFTHE TRUTH.
    WHAT A SOCIETY WE HAVE –QUESTION –Why do all average working class people just sit on their asses and cop this crap.
    THE POLICE MURDER PEOPLE IN CUSTODY AND IT IS ACCEPTED.AS NOTHING BUT WINGING IS DONE ABOUT IT.AND THIS IS WHY IT WILL CONTINUE
    i went to vietnam under the imprssion it was to make AUTRALIA a better society .Where FREEDOM AND JUSTICE – WOULD PREVAIL.i WAS WRONG .
    We have an Organisation the POLICE – deliberately killing people and covering their tracks and getting away with it. ALL AUSTRALIANS SHOULD BE ASHAMED THAT WE ARE AT THIS LEVEL IN SOCIETY
    Killing people in vietnam was a duty i had to carry out as was war.But we ae allowing an organisation free range to do what they want and not be acountable.
    THANK FUCK I HAVE ONLY ABOUT -20 YEAS TO LIVE AND DIE NATURALLY.BUT I BELIEVE THE POLICE WILL TRY TO KILL ME IN THE NEAR FUTURE .( DO NOT BE SO NIEVE TO BELIEVE THEY WOULD NOT DO THAT— THEY ARE DOING IT NOW –MAINLY TO ABORIGINALS). AS REALLY IF SOCIETY IS GOING THE WAY IT IS NOW I WILL BE HAPPY TO BE OUT OF IT.
    SORRY PEOPLE I SAY WHAT I BELIEVE TO BE SO FROM EXPERIENCE . AND I WOULD RATHER BE A MAN AND STAND UP AND SAY WHAT I BELIEVE TO BE TRUE .RATHER THAN HIDE MY HEAD IN THE SAND AND COP IT . SO TO ALL EVERYWHERE STAND UP AND BE COUNTED AND TELL THE GOVERNMENT THIS COURRUPT POLICE FORCE IN AUSTRALIA HAS TO BE MADE ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR BEHAVIOR.

  2. shane Backhouse

    Just a few words on the above story.No-1- No state government will do an honest investigation into any shooting and have the findings that police were responsible.No -2- the police killings now have been sancioned by government and there will be more ,that is a fact. No-3- The government and police know well that tasers kill as the evidence is there.they now have another weapon to use to hopefully instill fear in people to make them conform .
    SOCIETY IS STARTING TO SHOW SIGNS OF DICTATORSHIP WHERE FORCE AND VIOLENCE WILL BE THE MAIN AGENDER OF CONTROL.
    People of society are the ones who hold the key to an normal functioning society .Communication was the way to settle differences.These days it is the gun and tasers that communicate the norm of society.AND SADLY IT IS BEING CONDONED BY GOVERNMENTS.
    The police australia wide are taught when they have to deal with thepublic.take no crap from them ,jnstill from the start your authority.THIS INSTILLING AUTHORITY WITH OUT ANY THINKING AND EVALUATION AND COMMUNICATION IN AN INCIDENT .CAUSES THE SITUATION TO ESCULATE AND VIOLENCE RESULTS.there are times where the police go out of their way to provoke esculation of a situation ,so as to arrest people or have the chance to use their weapon.
    If you think i am wrong in this statment -please start to observe the police behavior at incidents .
    Sadly all i see coming in the near future is a war against police brutality ,unless the governmens calls for some sensible clear thinking on how to handle crime in this nation.And please believe me unless this occurs ,there will be violence against police and the blame cn not then be placed on the ciminla element in society.as violence creates violence .Is this what we want for the future generations ???. SO ALL PEOPLE IN SOCIETY START TO PROTEST IN MASSES TO STOP WHAT IS COMING .A DISFUNCTIONAL SOCIETY.

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