On November 19, 2004 at the Palm Island police station Senior-Sergeant Chris Hurley struck Aboriginal prisoner Mulrunji with such force that it caused the Aboriginal man to die.
The Palm Island Aboriginal community responded to years of racist state violence and the death in police custody of Mulrunji with a defiant demonstration demanding justice.
Four hundred people took part in the 2004 Palm Island anti-racist action – over 10% of the entire island’s population! The large demonstration marched upon the centres of racist injustice on the island – the police station and courthouse. Nearly 20 people were charged.
Respected Palm Island man Lex Wotton, was alledged to be the leader of the protest. He was charged and later convicted of riot.
Read more about Lex Wotton:
Report on AAWL public meeting: 1 April 09
Indigenous Social Justice Association