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Racist Monopoly board the latest revelations to come out of NT Police

Dechlan Brennan -

A racist game of monopoly is the latest leak to come out of the Northern Territory police force, with NT Police Commissioner Michael Murphy accepting he expects to see more racist material to surface from within the police force. 

The Australian first reported the image, which depicts a mock Monopoly board with every square marked “go to jail".

The image was reportedly sent via email dated December 2008, and was addressed to members of the NT Police Territory Response Group (TRG) with the subject line stating: “this is gold".

The Australian reported it is understood members of the Major Crime Unit and the Drug Enforcement Section also received the email.

One of the "awards" given out by the TRG.  (Image: NT Courts)

The ABC reported First Nations advocacy group Uprising of the People had labelled the revelation a “kick in the guts,” with chief executive Mililma May saying: "I'm disappointed but not surprised at the blatant racism, and the time and effort and creativity that went into creating such a racist artefact.”

Of Indigenous people and allies in the force, Ms May told ABC: "What a challenge it must be to work in a workplace like that.” 

Commissioner Murphy said he found the Monopoly Board email "very concerning” and had referred the report to the ICAC commissioner to form part of the investigation and said he expected to “see more” of the material as the investigation unfolded. 

"We've called for people to come forward with any information they may have," he said, as reported by the ABC. 

"I imagine that more information, or emails, or some material will come out in due course."

The revelations come in the midst of an ongoing joint ICAC and NT police investigation into racism within the force, which was announced after claims from Zachary Rolfe of a racist culture in the force came to light during the coronial inquest into the death of 19-year-old Kumanjayi Walker, who was fatally shot by then-Constable Rolfe in 2019.

Mr Rolfe highlighted racial slurs used by officers and said the TRG handed out an annual award colloquially known as the “C**n of the year” award. 

The TRG denied any suggestion the award in question was named that in a sworn affidavit.

Chief Minister Eva Lawler called the revelations “shocking”. 

"I would absolutely hope that things have changed considerably in the ensuing 16 years,” she said. 


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