The police shooting of two young Aboriginal teenagers and the subsequent bashing of one of the wounded lads reflects badly on your force. The inevitable delays, cover-ups and obfuscation which follow such events do nothing to enhance the reputation of the NSW police force. One of your deputies called on the relatives to trust the police to investigate the incident – this type of calculated call is not going to build bridges between the community as a whole and the Aboriginal community in particular. If there were going to be a believable investigation of the events it would need to be conducted by a separate authority entirely independent of the police. If you believe your officers have done nothing wrong then work with the government to develop an entirely independent authority to investigate all violent incidents involving police.
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