Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Palm Island

About 200 islanders rioted last Friday after an autopsy report showed Doomadgee, who had been arrested for being drunk, died from "an intra-abdominal haemorrhage caused by a ruptured liver and portal vein". He also had four broken ribs


When people get mad to the point of rioting they just lash out at anyone I guess.

But does it look like rioting changed the system. I mean, one guy died in police custody and 18 others wound up in court. That's not changing the system.

"It just got out of control, they started throwing stones ... one man had a huge shifting spanner and smashed the grilles out the front of the police station.

"They threatened to kill us [journalists]. We've just done the bolt, we went to the council chambers and locked ourselves in there."


The journalists left town as soon as they could. The story never ran any further.

If anyone died in police custody in this town again, would the media want to cover it?

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