A police officer from the Northern Territory will face a trial for shooting and killing an Aboriginal teen.
According to sources, the officer will stand a murder trial, despite the ongoing debate. Meanwhile, his lawyers continue to argue how the constable, Zachary Rolfe, acted in ‘self-defense.’ And that was when he brutally shot dead 19-year-old Kumanjayi Walker, right after his arrest.
The tragic incident took place last year, in the remote location of Yuendumu, in November.
On the other hand, hundreds gathered in countrywide protests and rallies, condemning the brutal murder. And that was in line with the recent wake of George Floyd’s killing that took place in May.
Recently on Monday, Judge John Birch ordered the constable to face trial, right after a 3 day long preliminary hearing. This took place at the local court in Alice Springs.
While the prosecutors continue to agree that the first gunshot fired could be ‘self-defense.’ And that was right after Mr. Rolfe received attacks and stabbing attempts with scissors. However, the prosecutors are arguing how the second as well as the third gunshot fired is simply ‘murder.’
Zachary Rolfe is an integral part of a 4-member response team who drove around 290 kilometers towards the Tanami Desert. Their main call to action was to arrest the aboriginal teen.
Meanwhile, the hearing in September heard all the evidence that explained how the teen wounded the constable and his partner, using a pair of scissors, in a dark room.
On that occasion, the constable fired at the teen using a Glock Pistol. And that was when the teen grappled his partner Eberl. Prosecutors continue to argue how there was no justification for firing a second or third round. It was almost as if he ‘disregarded’ the original arrest plan.
This case is another recent example of the growing tensions between the harsh treatment of indigenous community members and Blacks by the police.