source: VICE Australia
published: 11 September 2014
Way back in 1983, a 16-year-old Aboriginal man called John Pat died of massive head injuries after being taken into police custody in Western Australia. His death, along with several others, sparked the historic Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
The commission eventually delivered 339 recommendations, including that police only take Aboriginal people into custody as a last resort. More than three decades later, it seems that Australia has learned very little from its history.
In 2014, we’re locking up Indigenous Australians at an increasing rate, and some states are not even taking basic steps to keep people alive while they’re behind bars.