Policing in Redfern: Histories and Continuities

UNSW Law Society
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Court of Conscience, 2018, 12 pp. 46 - 55 (10)
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Redfern is a microcosm of many colonial and postcolonial frontiers across Australia. Colonial violence in the early nineteenth century was met with resistance by the Gadigal people and other clans of the Eora nation. State violence and Aboriginal struggle cast long shadows over Aboriginal experiences in Redfern. The wounds of injustice that lie open, especially in recent decades from policing, continue to be a focal point for local Aboriginal people and organisations. A flashpoint for the injustice in Redfern is the death of Aboriginal teenager TJ Hickey in a police chase in 2004 and the lack of subsequent accountability. This article traces the fraught history of discriminatory policing in Redfern and the ongoing plight for justice.
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