investigation

Blak Deaths in Custody Part Two: A royal commission

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Rangi HiriniThe West Australian
VideoWhen John Pat died brutally, the community weren't going to take his death lying down. Public pressure then brought about a royal commission. VIDEO CREDIT: KATE RYAN

Following pressure from the public, the Hawke government called a royal commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody which examined 99 fatalities across three years.

In part two of Blak Deaths in Custody the only Aboriginal commissioner, Pat Dodson, talks about his experiences, the recommendations made 30 years ago, and how we as a nation can move forward.

There have been close to 500 black deaths in custody since the royal commission’s report.

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