Mother of Boy Shot by Police Goes to UN to Force Overhaul of Investigations

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 30 May 2013 | 0 Comments

Thanks Amanda for the heads up on this one. There is a report in the UK Guardian today which states that the mother of Tyler Cassidy, who was shot by Victoria Police in 2008, is taking her action to the United Nations. See Tyler was only 15 at the time of the shooting which made him the youngest person in Australia to be shot dead by police. Ms Shani Cassidy has filed a  landmark action with the UN designed to overhaul Australia's procedure of investigating police actions in such matters.

The primary investigation was undertaken into the death by the police themselves but was oversighted by the Victoria Police Ethical Standards Department and the then Office of Police Integrity. The death and investigation was then the subject of a public coronial inquest.

Lawyers for Ms Cassidy will argue to the UN Human Rights Commission that Australia has violated the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) by neglecting to ensure independent and effective investigation into the circumstances of Tyler's death. The mother claims that the death should have been investigated by a truly independent body. The lawyer acting for Ms Cassidy has stated that the case is "emblematic of the structural flaws in the way police-related deaths are investigated in Victoria and other states in Australia".

I will monitor the outcomes of this landmark action.



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