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Rally in Perth/Boorloo to call for justice and an end to deaths in custody

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A rally and march in honour of the late Cleveland Dodd and in solidarity with those who have lost their lives in custody will be held in Perth/Boorloo at 12pm Tuesday, April 2.

The rally will call for an end to deaths in custody nationwide. The inquest into Cleveland's death at the age of 16 begins on April 3.

Co-organiser Megan Krakouer told National Indigenous Times that the death of Cleveland, the first child on record to die in youth detention in Western Australia, was “avoidable”.

“This has left many communities right across Australia in angst, hurt, and feeling like we have been failed once again,” she said.

“This rally is in solidarity with those who have left this world at the hands of corrective services through neglect, failure and lack of care.

“People are being put in lockdown 23 hours a day, being denied proper psychological services, transformation or hope. It is a complete failure on the part of the Department of Justice and for that matter, the state of Western Australia.”

Ms Krakouer said these issues must be put at the forefront.

“We need to put feet on the street and let the government know that we are not going away. We want true justice: truth-telling and charges laid against those who neglected Cleveland,” she said.

“We want the Department of Public Prosecutions to consider laying charges against those responsible for his death.”

The rally will begin at Forrest Place at 12pm and the march through the city at 12.15pm.



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