“Is it legal to kill a blackfella in Queensland?”

On 22 November 2010 the Qld Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) decided not to prosecute Snr Sgt Chris Hurley over a coroner’s finding that he committed assault, lied, and colluded improperly with other police. [See No further charges over Palm Island death and Hurley escapes charge over Doomadgee death]

The CMC, the Director of Public Prosecutions DPP, the police union and the Commissioner of Police have a long history of attempting to exonerate Hurley.

On 14 December 2006 the CMC issued the following media release:

“The Commission has determined that the evidence would not be capable of proving before any disciplinary tribunal that Senior Sergeant Hurley was responsible for Mulrunji’s death.”

Hurley was subsequently charged with manslaughter.

At South Bank, Brisbane, on Invasion Day 2010 an elder of the local Murri community, Coco Wharton,  asked the question:

“Is it legal to kill a blackfella in Queensland?”

I put the same question to the Attorney General of Queensland, Cameron Dick, at Coorparoo School polling booth on the day of the 2010 federal election.

The attorney general said that Chris Hurley had been acquitted and so the matter is closed.

Not now, not ever!

Here is the answer Coco Wharton got from people at South Bank on invasion Day 2010.

Ian Curr
Nov 2010

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