Death in Custody: An Australian Perspective on Race and Policing (October 2010)

Lecture by criminal lawyer Paula Morreau

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 – 12:30pm

Location: Osgoode Hall, Room 106

Paula Morreau, B.A., LL.B. (Hon) LL.M. (Harvard) is a lawyer who acted for the Doomadgee family and the Palm Island community in the public inquest into the death in police custody.

In November 2004, Cameron Doomadgee, a Black man, was singing to himself when he walked past Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley and was arrested for being a ‘public nuisance’.

Less than an hour later he was found dead in the police cells on Palm Island, an indigenous community off the coast of Queensland, Australia. A week later there was a riot and the police station was burnt down by locals seeking a proper investigation into the death.

Six years of legal wrangling revealed the extent to which the recommendations of the Fitgerald Inquiry into Police Corruption and the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody have not been heeded and still remain important.