source: Green Left Weekly
published: 3 May 2014
One of the custodial deaths that launched the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody will be remembered this year with a national day of action, rallies and marches.
Eddie Murray died while in police custody in 1981 and his family and supporters are demanding a new inquiry into his death. They claim missing clothes and a coroner’s report, which proved he suffered a broken sternum while in custody, were proof that he was murdered.
Last year, 16-year-old Yindjibarndi man John Pat was remembered with a national day of action, three decades after his death The coordinated campaign generated a Western Australian government apology for the death of Pat by police officers.
It is 33 years since the police custodial death of 21-year-old champion rugby league player Murray in the northwestern New South Wales town of Wee Waa. His father and mother, Arthur and Leila Murray, campaigned to the end of their lives for public inquiries and proper investigation of their son’s death in the belief the Wee Waa police murdered Murray.
The Murrays raised 12 children, within whom the death of their brother and the anguish and racism their parents endured in chasing down justice burns ferociously.