November 19 marks four years since the notorious wrongful arrest and death in police custody of Mulrunji Doomadgee on Palm Island.
Many Aboriginal men have been arrested, charged, exiled from their homes and jailed in the four years since. Meanwhile, investigations into allegations regarding actions and investigations by police have yet to be completed and no disciplinary action of any sort against police has occurred.
As this article from the National Indigenous Times makes clear, even for some Aboriginal people who were cleared of any charges, the consequences still continue. For anyone wanting to get an idea of the wider situation beyond the headlines, it is well worth a read.
All four men were acquitted, but while Blackman may have beaten the charge, he says he hasn’t beaten the system. He now describes himself as a “marked man” in the eyes of Queensland Police.
And on Monday – the very next business day after the final Palm Island ‘riot’ matter was dealt with – Blackman was back in the Townsville Court defending himself from fresh charges involving local police.