Police kicked boy in head to wake him
by Gerry Georgatos
November 29th, 2013
A Western Australian parliamentary committee heard reports of police maltreatment of Aboriginal people in custody. The Legislative Assembly Community Development and Justice committee slammed the lack of recommendations implemented from the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC), criticised various negligence and criticised the ageing infrastructure such as watch houses – the lockups. The parliamentary committee’s report included 22 recommendations.
Many of WA’s 125 lockups were found to be “old, dirty and unfit for use” – it was stated they have an average age of 45 years. A significant proportion of the lockups were not in compliance with the majority of the 1991 RCIADIC recommendations – the Australian Senate recommended 338 of the report’s 339 recommendations for implementation. However a recent Indigenous Law Bulletin review found that in most jurisdictions the majority of the recommendations have not been implemented – with implementation varying between 22 per cent to less than 50 per cent around the nation – and with the weight of those recommendations implemented at generally less than 50 per cent their full value.