Hundreds of people have gathered in Martin Place, the city’s CBD, to protest police brutality, just hours after NSW Police Force announced an internal investigation into the arrest of an Indigenous teenager in inner-city Sydney.
Although the demonstration was in solidarity with the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, it was a march to highlight police brutality towards Indigenous Australians.
The peaceful demonstration which was estimated to be 500 people, marched with “Black Lives Matter” banners and the Aboriginal flag chanting “No Justice, No Peace” and “I can’t breathe”.
A spokesperson at the rally could be heard say “How many deaths in custody have we had and how many cops have stood up for us?”
“We need a huge upheaval right now, we need to stop black people dying in this country and around the world because it is just unjust.”
Since the 1991 Royal Commission, more than 400 Indigenous Australians have lost their lives while in police custody and not one person has ever been convicted.
Despite making up only three per cent of the Australian population, Indigenous people represent approximately 28 per cent of the prison population.