Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Whitewash over Hickey's death

The New South Wales coroner has cleared police of any responsibility for the death of Aboriginal teenager Thomas 'TJ' Hickey.

The 17-year-old's death sparked a riot in the inner-Sydney suburb of Redfern in February.

State coroner John Abernethy has dismissed claims that police were chasing or pursuing TJ Hickey when he crashed his bike and became impaled on a fence.

Those claims led to the riot in Redfern.

The coroner has found the 17-year-old died during a police operation and was being followed by one paddy wagon shortly before he crashed.

What do you call that? Running away from the crime scene?

But he said there was no evidence to find police caused TJ Hickey's death, nor that the teenager was aware that police were behind him.

He was terrified so much so that he impaled himself on a fence and a paddy wagon was following him and another was seen going around the opposite direction.

Common sense would clearly tell any reasonable person that he thought he was being chased.

He even went through a gate separating one wagon from the pathway 'typical tactical move by Thomas to avoid the pursuit'.

One policeman chose not to give evidence to the inquest, while another officer was described by the coroner as a "poor witness".

Here we go again!

How can you dismiss the claim when the copper involved refuses to give evidence on oath and his witness is described as poor? Better description 'vague', 'forgetful' and 'untruthful'.

The Hickey family in Glebe Coroners Court was visibly upset at the finding.

Outside the court, TJ Hickey's great-aunt, Gail Cargill, said the family was extremely disappointed with the coroner's finding.

"TJ was a good kid, he was always kind to his sisters, he was only 17 and we all love him and we miss him very much," she said.

"We're so disappointed with what's happened today."

New South Wales Police Commissioner Ken Moroney has backed his officers, saying no disciplinary action will be taken against them.

"I supported each and everyone of my officers on the morning after the incident involving Thomas Hickey," he said.

"I supported each and everyone of my officers after the riot and my support remains for those police officers."

By Starsky and Hutch 17 August 04

THE DOG: Bullshit Moroney you're as bad as those rotten racist police and just as they won't learn you won't learn or change. This is the most outrages whitewash by those in authority in this State, besides the Bulldogs rape case, where those alleged offenders were not even named.

Government, authorities and police in this state are able to print their own legal dollar. Right in front of your face you read an ambiguous statement by the coroner who failed to find any evidence yet it appears on the page of this article and that of the ABC Online. What happened to what you "see" is what you "get"?


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