The Moderator of the Uniting Church in Queensland Rev Dr David Pitman has expressed deep concern over the decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions Leanne Clare to take no further action in regard to the death in custody of Mulrunji Doomadgee.
Speaking in Brisbane today Dr Pitman said, “That this decision is in such clear conflict with the findings of the Coroner creates a situation of uncertainty and distrust.
“It is no surprise, therefore, that Indigenous people are left feeling outraged and frustrated.
“Given the length and thoroughness of the inquiry undertaken by the Coroner, and the conclusions reached, it seems entirely responsible and appropriate to test the evidence in the Courts."
Dr Pitman said it would give Indigenous people reason to believe that justice had been done, and offer Senior Sergeant Hurley the opportunity to clear his name.
“This is yet another situation in which the Government needs to act decisively to ensure that our legal system is, and is seen to be, completely fair and impartial, and delivers justice on the same basis for all Queenslanders.”
Photo : Moderator of the Uniting Church in Queensland Rev Dr David Pitman