Monday, September 26, 2011

BLACK DEATHS IN CUSTODY JUSTICE NOW! CAMPAIGN LAUNCH

Brisbane’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission and the Archdiocesan Murri Ministry Team joined together to launch a campaign to get Government action to address on-going Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths in custody.

The campaign was launched last Wednesday evening at Musgrave Park, South Brisbane, on the anniversary of the death in custody of a 16 year old Aboriginal youth, John Pat, in 1983.

John Pat was punched and kicked by off-duty police officers when he tried to help another Aboriginal man who was involved in a fight with the police officers outside a hotel in Roeburn, Western Australia.

Pat died as a result of his injuries. Charges were laid against the police involved, but none was convicted.

Media Release Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Campaign 2011

Deaths in Custody launch fact sheet
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