Since George Floyd’s devastating death in
the US sparked protests and riots around the world, Aussies have been angry
along with everyone else. But many have pointed out that here in Australia there
are issues with how our police handle Indigenous Australians in custody. Since
1991, 400 Indigenous Australians have died whilst in police custody and only a
couple have ever been investigated. LiveTribers, do you care about Indigenous
Australians dying in custody? Do you think there needs to be more investigation
into these deaths? What can we do to help this?
Posted by on 05 Jun 2020
Yes I do as they have rights just like every other Aussie I'm not a xenophobe as
I have many Aboriginal friends so yes I would say their lives do matter when
they are in custody and they they happen to pass away whilst that happens we are
all human so we all have rights we should all be treated the same way with
I'm a little over hearing about how hard the Aboriginal people have it. They get
more handouts than any white person I know. We have acknowledged them and
continue to acknowledge them and their land at every meeting we go to. When are
we going to acknowledge ourselves. Yes, it's very sad about the death of George
Floyd but everyone is getting out of hand. Their are deaths of white people in
custody as well as blacks. Any death is wrong and should be investigated black
or white. We have the same red blood and breathe the same air. Come on people,
when are we stopping the handouts to Aboriginal people and treating everyone as
A Statement by Briggs.
I empathise with the presters in the U.S.A. I watched the video of the Police
Officer flagrantly killing George Floyd in front of an audience.
I empathise with the protesters because Australia has it's own history of Police
brutality & Indigenous Deaths in Custody. There have been more than 400
Indigenous Deaths in Custody & not a single Conviction.
I empathise with the orotesters because, like America, Australia, was founded on
White Supremacy and built it's wealth ion the murder, rape & slavery of it's
Australia parades this idea of a "Lucky Country"; but their Luck, is our
dispossession. Their Luck is our Trauma. Their Luck is our Grief.
No Justice. No Peace.
You need to check your stats I work in the prison system and there are more
white deaths in custody and the indigenous incarcerated numbers far outnumber
the whites incarcerated, pretty simple really do the crime, do the time, same as
everybody else, white, black or brindle. That cop that killed George Floyd
deserves the full force of the law, that was one of the most disgusting things I
have ever seen however George Floyd has been made out as some sort of hero, he
had quite a lengthy violent criminal background, something the media haven't
made public but this Murdering Cop has opened up the floodgates for a whole lot
of radicals to create havoc and destruction in other countries, including here.
I am over the Black Lives Matter, so do whites, every life matters - as far as I
am concerned this is just typical of the radicals and indigenous whinging and
whining about how tough they have it, they have more benefits and financial
assistance and they still want more. What white person gets paid a benefit
because their kids go to school, can get into Uni on lower marks, can get paid
traineeships etc., etc., if anyone should be shouting discrimination and hard
done by it should be us whites.
Was I the only one that l was taught Australian history in High School in 1962.
We read books on Aborigines
studied where they lived, We even had to sleep out in a humpy that we made of
wood ,leaves ,& bark. Studied what they ate, how they found their tucker, how
it was cooked, stored.. The Aborigines were still going walk-abouts then.
We were taught about all our explorers, how transportation was decided , who
Yes of cause
The indigenous in Australia are in the same boat compared to the black community
in America. Many to this day get raped, beaten, murdered and etc; in which only
a few makes it to the media on the deaths that have occurred within the hands of
It's no different to the case of George Floyd if there are offending police that
kill indigenous members within custody then they should do be charged for
murder. The police themselves should be treated the same as everyone else
regarding to crime.
No Australia is a whole different situation.
Are you saying that the rapes, violence, incest etc. is perpetrated by the
white police. Check your facts. More black police have killed more black
I agree there is racism everywhere - white against black and black against
However the hysteria that is occurring is so out of control with banning of
names, bringing up things that were spoken or happened years ago.
We cannot change history but we can ensure it is heard and not bias one way or
The Australian people have handed out billions of dollars to the indigenous and
it is being wasted or misused. They have issues with their eyes - channel money
directly to that problem and fix it but stop the wishy washy efforts and the
stupidity of just chucking money into useless areas. Health first, then
education, etc. Start to fix problems one at a time and eventually we shall see
a huge difference.
Also one needs to check how the black deaths in custody occurred. Were they all
in jail, in police cars etc. What did they die of. Natural causes, suicide, or
as it seems to be implicated - police brutality.
There are some bad police out there as there are bad people in all walks of life
but to brand the whole department is a disgrace. These people put their lives
on the line daily with domestic violence, murderers, drug users, etc. They deal
with the worst of humanity but have become the focal point of these
Perhaps they all need to stand down and I bet people would be screaming for them
to return quick smart.
Lets show respect for the force and if there is a bad egg then that has to be
dealt with .
How George Floyd died was horrendous and the policeman should be charged with
murder but he should not be put up as some wonderful human being either as this
would not be the truth.
I can only hope everyone starts to take a deep breath and work towards solutions
and not just become part of the problem.
A very emotive and complex subject
. Any death in custody is tragic and serious. I grew up fairly poor with basic
home life and a single Mum and 4 siblings. But we were taught early that if you
break the law there are consequences, if you abuse drugs there will be
consequences. So don't break the rules and avoid drug abuse. So what's the real
yes the policeman is a criminal and must pay the penalty, but that does not mean
the sympathizers can rampantly behave behave like degenerate scum.
change the behaviour of the police/laws. fine all the protestors fo scum
behavior as criminals.
Don't let one number get you down.... there's books full of them. And don't just
look at deaths in custody; look at their lives - it's a living hell. Too many
live in absolute squalor, made much worse by those in 'authority'. You claim
they get so much in welfare handouts, but how much actually gets to where it's
needed? What can you do to help? I'll tell you where you can start looking, then
it's up to you what you're actually going to do about it. The most thorough,
on-the-ground reporting ever done on the matter & continues to be done, are the
works of John Pilger. You need to see all his documentaries & read all his
articles over many years. You should have subscribed to New Matilda long ago if
you give a damn. My guess is is that you're too addicted to your 'free' stream
of propaganda-ridden mass-media, owned by the world's richest who want you
thinking only what they want you to think & see things the way they want you to
see them, to even care about small independent investigative journalism media
outlets in this country. If you want the truth, many of said deaths have been
investigated as far as was allowed & the results never been aired in your
convenient media channels so they are conveniently outside of your narrow line
of vision. And you are to blame for this - nobody else. Be very careful what you
support. You can choose to make the good even better, but you keep choosing to
make the evil even worse. So is it any wonder it has all come to this?
In the late 1980's I read news for an ABC regional radio station. One story I
read remains indelibly imprinted in my mind.
As culture dictates I won't identify the names or location.
The story started, M--- A------ Q----- aged 24 of the (address) ........ It
went onto name a Nurse S----- who lost her registration and job as a result of
this death in custody even though it did not occur in the hospital where was the
only one on duty. But in a lockup some kilometres distant. Seems she was lowest
on the pecking order far below doctors and police.
Destruction of both these lives and their families brings me to tears even now
as I write, thirty-two years later.
The most difficult story I ever read and most devastating for a whole
It was made so much more so because I knew most of those involved.
The human rights commision has available a number of reports about this issue.
Reading the statistics regarding lack of or slow medical response (time to
call/provide medical assistance) is pretty depressing. It's saddening for me
that we are more aware of US deaths in custody, but not of indigenous deaths in
custody here. I'm wondering if because the majority of deaths in custody here
happen within goal is the reason so little is mentioned? As Maggie K said - no
body has been charged... EVER. That is over 430 deaths. No closure for family,
no international press coverage, no challenging of events.
I agree with more thorough investigations, and that means transparency ... of
all involved. But in 1991 the humans right commision presented about 300
recommendations most weren't implemented.
Apologies for the length of this. I'm struggling with how we (all Australians)
can help with this issue.
None of Australia or Australians concern. It is a US matter! Australia has its
own issues, but you do not see the US sticking thier nose in! Im tired of the US
get bad image. I lived in the US for 17 years and became a US citizen. Dual
citizenship. Though back here in Au for a few years