‘It’s no wonder Aboriginal youth run from police’: Professor calls out systemic racism at inquest

Professor Pat Dudgeon gave evidence at the coronial inquest into the deaths of two Aboriginal teenagers who drowned while trying to flee police.

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Systemic racism in WA Police is fuelling a fractured relationship between officers and Aboriginal youth, an Indigenous psychologist claims.

Giving evidence at the coronial inquest into the deaths of two Aboriginal teenagers who drowned while trying to flee police, University of Western Australia professor of Indigenous studies, Pat Dudgeon, described police relationships with Indigenous youth as “not good”.

“It’s no wonder Aboriginal youth run from police because they know it doesn’t go well for them,” she said

“I know there have been little advances here and there but there hasn’t been systemic changes across the board. I think that racism is still an issue for us … there’s personal racism and there’s also systemic racism.”

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