Remember T J Hickey 1986-2004

I took these photos at a march in Redfern NSW on February 14, 2012 to commemorate the killing of T J Hickey during a police pursuit eight years ago and to protest all Aboriginal deaths in custody.

There have been more than 400 Aboriginal deaths in custody since 1980, one death in custody per month or more than 13 deaths per year. Less than a third of the 339 recommendations handed down in 1991 by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody have been implemented.

The number of imprisoned young Aborigines (between 10 and 17 years of age) increased by more than 20% in 2009-2010 compared to the previous year, according to a recent Productivity Commission report, and the average detention rate of young Aborigines is 25 time that of young non-Aborigines. What’s happening to these youth points to the future. It’s indicating the likelihood of more deaths in custody and more destroyed lives to come unless there is a radical change.

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