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Indigenous Australia knows the cynicism exposed by Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson

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Police car burns in Ferguson, Missouri, on Nov 24, 2014. Police car burns in Ferguson, Missouri, on Nov 24, 2014.

Watching the events in Ferguson, Indigenous Australians will immediately draw a parallel with Australia’s response to black deaths in custody

by Larissa Behrendt, The Guardian, Nov 26, 2014

After a Missouri grand jury declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, prosecuting attorney Bob McCulloch said that the decision was based upon physical and scientific evidence, not “public outcry or political expediency”.

This call for objectivity does little in a situation where autopsies show Wilson had shot Brown at least six times, twice in the head. McCulloch seemed to compromise his own objectivity by blaming social and news media for beating up a story, rather than acknowledging that when a young person is shot by law enforcement, people expect a level of accountability.

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