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4 May 2021

Aboriginal Legal Service welcomes charges against police officer for alleged assault of Aboriginal boy

MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday 4 May 2021, 4:30 pm   The Aboriginal Legal Service has welcomed charges brought against a serving NSW Police officer for common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, following an arrest of an Aboriginal boy in June last year. Video footage of the arrest went viral at the time, taking place amid Black Lives Matter protests worldwide following...

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16 Apr 2021

Aboriginal Legal Service calls for bipartisan support to end over-incarceration and deaths in custody

MEDIA RELEASE Friday 16 April 2021, 6:00 am   The Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT is calling for NSW parliamentarians across the political spectrum to embrace recommendations from a parliamentary inquiry into First Nations over-incarceration and deaths in custody. Today’s report from the NSW Legislative Council’s Select Committee on the High Level of First Nations People in Custody and Oversight and Review of...

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15 Apr 2021

Aboriginal Legal Service exhibition celebrates 50 years of resistance and resilience

MEDIA ALERT WHEN: Friday 16 April 2021, 3:15pm WHERE: The Australian Hall, 150 Elizabeth Street, Sydney. This historic venue was the site of Day of Mourning protests on 26 January 1938. It is operated by the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council. WHAT: Opening of the Aboriginal Legal Service 50th Anniversary Exhibition, generously supported by the City of Sydney DETAILS: Mark Davies (Chair),...

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25 Mar 2021

Four Aboriginal deaths in custody in three weeks is “huge red flag that something is seriously wrong”

MEDIA RELEASE Thursday 25 March, 8:00 am   A community has been left reeling and the Aboriginal Legal Service is demanding urgent accountability after the confirmation of a fourth recent death in custody. Barkindji man Anzac Sullivan, 37, passed away during a police pursuit in Broken Hill on Thursday 18 March. This tragedy comes shortly after the deaths of three Aboriginal people...

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23 Mar 2021

ALS “disappointed but not surprised” that NSW Police more likely to deny bail to Aboriginal people

MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday 23 March 2021, 4:00 pm   The Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT welcomes research released today by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research showing police are more likely to refuse bail for Aboriginal defendants than non-Aboriginal defendants. “This reflects our concerns of systemic racism within NSW Police meaning Aboriginal people are being locked up simply because they are...

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19 Mar 2021

Ground-breaking gender case makes NSW courts safer for women

MEDIA RELEASE Update - Thursday 16 September 2021: NSW Police have withdrawn the strip-search charges at the centre of Lacey v AG (NSW). This is a vindication of the position of a brave young Aboriginal woman - now also a mother. 'Lacey' wasn't prepared to run an argument where a male magistrate would see video of her naked and being searched. In...

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10 Mar 2021

Family to speak at release of findings into the death in custody of Aboriginal man Nathan Reynolds

MEDIA ALERT WHEN: Thursday 11 March, 12pm (midday) WHERE: Coroner’s Court of NSW, 1A Main Ave, Lidcombe DETAILS: Her Honour Magistrate Ryan, Deputy State Coroner, will release the findings into the death of Nathan Reynolds at 10am on Thursday in courtroom 3. Nathan Reynolds’ sisters, Taleah and Makayla Reynolds, will speak to media outside the court at midday. Sarah Crellin, Principal Solicitor...

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9 Mar 2021

Aboriginal Legal Service calls for accountability and transparency after another two deaths in custody

MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday 9 March 2021   The Aboriginal Legal Service is calling for real accountability after the deaths of an Aboriginal man and woman in NSW prisons last week. The two deaths, confirmed by NSW Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin in Budget Estimates on Tuesday morning, add to over 440 deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in custody nationwide...

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25 Feb 2021

Danny Whitton’s family to speak outside Coroner’s Court on day 5 of inquest into his death in custody

MEDIA ALERT WHEN: Friday 26 February, 9:00 am WHERE: Coroner’s Court of NSW, 1A Main Ave, Lidcombe DETAILS: Danny Whitton’s sister, Nikita House, will read a statement on behalf of the family. Steven Rees, Solicitor with the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT, will speak about the ongoing prevalence of Aboriginal deaths in custody. MEDIA CONTACT: Alyssa Robinson – [email protected] / 0427 346 017...

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