Yoorrook Commissioner Travis Lovett questions the Minister for Police about accountability for deaths in custody
Since this Yoorrook hearing less than two weeks ago, another First Peoples man has died in custody in Victoria.
There have now been 34 deaths in custody in Victoria since the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
Each of those people was loved by their family, friends and community. They are deeply missed.
During questioning by Commissioner Travis Lovett, the Minister for Police, The Hon. Anthony Carbines MP said that he accepted that no one has been held accountable for these deaths.
Victoria Police Hearing Shorts
Yoorrook recently completed a month of public hearings during which Commissioners questioned government ministers and senior bureaucrats about injustices against First Peoples in the criminal justice and child protection systems.
These historic hearings marked the first time an Aboriginal-led Royal Commission has publicly held to account the authorities that have exercised power over the lives of First Peoples for generations.
Throughout the hearings, government ministers and senior bureaucrats publicly reckoned with past and present injustice against First Peoples, in many cases responding to harrowing evidence given by Community members at previous Yoorrook hearings and in submissions to the Commission.