Mulrunji case may be reviewed

by admin on September 30th, 2019

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Mr Beattie visited the island off Townsville to meet with the Palm Island Council and address a public rally protesting the decision.


Mulrunji Doomadgee, 36, died in a police cell on Palm Island after his arrest for public drunkenness in 2004.

Despite state Deputy Coroner Christine Clement’s ruling that Mulrunji’s fatal injuries were caused by Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley, the Director of Public Prosecutions Leanne Clare last week said there was not enough evidence to support criminal charges.

Palm Island Council chief executive Barry Moyle today said the premier had promised to ask Ms Clare to consider an independent review.

But Mr Moyle said Mr Beattie had reiterated he could not order her to do so as she was an independent officer.

“He said he would ask her to consider it, he said that she’s independent and he can’t instruct her and we understand that but he will ask for it to be considered,” Mr Moyle said.

Mr Moyle said the family of Mulrunji had not met Mr Beattie as planned. He said he did not know whether the family had declined the meeting.

Protesters burn flag

Meanwhile protesters outside Queensland’s parliament burned the Australian flag in a show of anger against black deaths in custody.

It was one of the final gestures after a lunchtime demonstration in Brisbane protesting Doomadgee’s death.

The death and the release of an autopsy report sparked a riot a week later on the island in which the courthouse, police watchhouse and police accommodation were burned down.

Mulrunji’s cousin Alec Doomadgee, in Brisbane for the protest, said the six people charged over the riot faced a similar fate to the dead Palm Islander.

“Half of them are getting dragged back, back into jail so they can kill them,” Mr Doomadgee told the crowd.

“These brothers and sisters are in jail right now for fighting for the rights of a dead black man who was incarcerated for no reason whatsoever.”

The rally also presented a wide-ranging petition to the Clerk of the Parliament, calling for the replacement of Ms Clare and the resignation of Mr Beattie and Police Minister Judy Spence.

Protests were also held in Townsville, Melbourne and Cairns.

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