Badcopnews.com – West Australian police have formally apologized for the abuse of Aboriginal citizens by police officers in the state.
Reported from ABC News, Friday (13/7/2018), apology was immediately dismpaikan by police chief, Chris Dawson local in a press statement.
He apologized on behalf of the Western Australian Police to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities for police involvement in acts that he found inappropriate.
“Today on behalf of the Western Australian police, I would like to say sorry to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities for our involvement in the improper conduct that has caused unfathomable pain and suffering,” he said.
“Forcible transfer of Aboriginal and Torres Strait children from their families and communities, the separation of their mothers and children, sisters, fathers and siblings, the loss of families and the destruction of cultures has had a disastrous effect.” he added.
Carol Roe is the grandmother of Aboriginal women, Ms Dhu, who died in police custody in the South Hedland region in 2014.
He said he felt insulted that he was not invited to the ceremony on Thursday but said he welcomed the apology and hoped it would lead to real change.
“I think we are all human, we all experience the same thing, and that’s what they need to remember,” he said.
“We are the oldest nation in the world, why are we not treated like that? It can not be trusted.”
“It’s time for a change.”
Aboriginal legal services chief Dennis Eggington said the apology was a positive step to improve relations between police and the Aboriginal community.