Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Rally to seek fresh Hickey hearings

Thomas Hickey.....rally to push for reopening of inquest

A community rally calling for the reopening of the inquest into the death of Aboriginal teenager Thomas 'TJ' Hickey will be held at Walgett in northern New South Wales today.

Today would have been the 19th birthday of the teenager, who died in Redfern last year.

Two busloads of people from Sydney have travelled to Walgett to take part in the rally and about 100 people have been gathering at the Hickey family home.

Rumours that TJ Hickey was being chased by police when he lost control of his bike and became impaled on a fence sparked a nine-hour riot in Redfern.

A coronial inquiry cleared police of chasing the teenager.

But the Hickey family and their supporters will today march down the main street of Walgett to call for the inquest to be reopened.

Ray Jackson from the Indigenous Social Justice Association says there is evidence to show the teenager was being chased by police.

"We know that there is evidence out there that has not yet been presented to the coroner," he said.

"We have witnesses who have not been called, we most certainly want Michael Hollingsworth, the police office exempted from giving evidence, to give evidence."

By Just Us 9 March 05


Recently our Premier, Bob Carr, made an authoritarian edict when he was made aware of the call to re-open the TJ Hickey Inquest.

On Sunday 13th February, a Community gathering will be held to enable all people to remember the death of one of our young Community members, 'TJ' Hickey.

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.

Redfern police need education not weapons
NSW police want new offensive equipment including long-range capsicum spray guns and modified armoured vehicles capable of spraying tear gas following a damning report on the Redfern riots in Sydney earlier this year.

Carr defends Redfern riot fallout

But such is the fact that police can do no wrong according to authorities that one wonders what benefit to the community this report would be other than to protect the police again.

The Young Man From Kamilaroi
On Monday, 5 July 2004, the Hickey Family and their supporters will come together in the Glebe Coroners Court with the Redfern Police, the same police, specifically unknown at this time, who pursued the Young Man to his death by impalement.

Police stalkers set to escape
The real issue was posted it read "Wanted child murderers"!

Payback over Redfern riot after death in custody
A 37 year-old woman will appear in court today charged over her alleged involvement in a riot in Redfern on Sunday night.

Riot in Redfern over death in custody
The reported claim that 50 police were injured during rioting in Redfern over a death in custody is nothing more than a counter claim required to balance the argument that Thomas Hickey wasn't chased to his death by police.

Redfern police 'need to be made accountable'
POLICE have no right to demand increased support to patrol Redfern in the wake of one of the worst death in custody cover-ups by police in Australian history.

"If I Could Turn Back Time" Daily Terror, CH/7
THE real cause of last month's violent Redfern riots was the death of teenager Thomas "TJ" Hickey but perhaps only one element of the racism, harassment and bullying by the New South Wales police force and in this case Redfern police at the Block.

Was Thomas Hickey payback?
Yesterday it was alleged police faced a potentially deadly confrontation with locals of a redfern housing block last week when a gun was grabbed from an officer's holster and held to his stomach.

Gather at the Block at 9am March to Phillip Street Redfern, "Turanga Block" vigial at site of "TJ's" death. March to Redfern Police Station to leave list of demands regarding the enquiries into his death.