Adgee died in the Palm Island Police Station and in the long and desperate series of vents that have happened since and which continue to have ripples as I write in 2012 years after Doomadgee s uestionable arrest and tragic deathMemorable reading Finished 23122018Genre non fictionRating A AWW2018 ChallengeConclusionPage turnerhere is why My Thoughts This Australian true crime novel about police brutality and the corruption in the law No Beast So Fierce enforcement system to the point where the life of an innocent human being wasnded was well researched motional and gripping from the beginning to the nd A revealing and disturbing look at the difficult challenges facing indigenous communities in out of the way places of regional Australia Largely hidden from the view of
Australia our indigenous AND SISTERS HAVE A DREADFUL and sisters have a dreadful I could Last Chance Bride easily blame them and dismiss the issue as many of us do but that achieves nothing Peter Davis one of the legal representatives of the aboriginal community on Palm Island said towards thend of the book I knew that a blackfella just needed to half look at a copper and he d get arrested Asked by one of the black fellas how they could possibly live their lives like that Davis responded by saying sorry but that was just too big an issue for him to solve We need to keep asking the uestions I for one have plenty of the uestions but I have none of the answers Alcoholism domestic violence rapes paedophilia and drug usage are normal accepted problems within the aboriginal communities And it appears as though much of it is largely unreported This book which has won so many fine literature prizes is a haunting look at the brutal history of Palm Island and in the Whos Cheatin Who? (Thoroughbred Legacy end while it offers no answers it causes us to take a deep breath wipe away our tears of frustration and sadness and beg for solutions and justice Just a warning if you don t want to be confronted by the worst possible language then choose another book Until I met Boe I d neverven heard of Palm Island Palm Island lies off the coast of ueensland Australia The Island is roughly half way between Brisbane and the tip of Cape York Palm Island home to many Indigenous people is a settlement with a troubled history On 19 November 2004 Cameron Domadgee was arrested on Palm Island by Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley He may have been arrested for swearing at the police he may have been arrested for singing Who Let the Dogs Out a one hit wonder by the Baha Men Bundled into a police van taken to the police station Cameron Doomadgee is found dead in his cell just over an hour after his arrest What happened Did Cameron Doomadgee die as a conseuence of injuries sustained during a fall with Senior Sergeant Hurley or did Senior Sergeant Hurley brutally beat him before he was put in the cellChloe Hooper became involved when Andrew Boe a lawyer became interested in the case and wanted someone to write about it The inuest Boe told Ms Hooper would take a week or two This was the starting point for an investigation which took months And while the book is about Cameron Doomadgee s death in custody it is also about some of the issues that permeate relationships between Indigenous and European Australians This book was first published in 2008 In 2011 a documentary was made I found this a confronting and uncomfortable read What really happened to Cameron Doomadgee What are we doing to improve the sad and tragic history of race relations between Indigenous and recently arrived Australians How can despair be replaced by hope And the tall man of the title Somehow it seems appropriate that the tall man represents both Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley 2 metres tall as well as a malignant spirit in Indigenous culture capable of moving unseen in the night to do Lawman Lover (Outlaws, evilJennifer Cameron Smith In 2004 on Palm Island off the coast of Australia Cameron Doomadgee was arrested Palm Island is a settlement and home to many indigenous persons an. Ginal myths and history and the roots of brutal chaos in the Palm Island community Her stunning account goes to the heart of a struggle for power revenge and justice Told in luminous detail Tall Man is as urgent as Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and The Executioner's Song It is the story of two worlds clashing and a haunting moral puzzle that no reader will forg. I remember the buzz around Tall Man The Death of Doomadgee when it was published but haven t managed to read it until now This book has given me a new appreciation for investigative journalism and I am convinced that Hooper s book showcases very high uality of this form of writingThe number of deaths of indigenous Australians in custody has been a prominent issue and in 2004 on Palm Island an Aboriginal man Cameron Doomadgee known as Mulrunji was arrested for verbally abusing a police officer Mulrunji was found dead 40 minutes later in his cell with injuries later disclosed as injuriesuating to those of a car crash Victim The Arresting Police Officer Senior Sargent Chris Hurley Was The arresting police officer Senior Sargent Chris Hurley was charged with Mulrunji s manslaughter the first time a police officer had been charged in relation to an Aboriginal death in custody The trial went ahead in 2007Hooper followed this story for three years delving into the lives of the indigenous community in Palm Island the police force within ueensland as well as the inuest findings and the trial Clearly she got in close And it is clear which side she was onDuring the inuest into Mulrunji s death before the charge and subseuent trial another complainant spoke of her own meeting with Hurley By this time the stories of life on Palm Island for law City Girl in Training enforcement were confronting Hooper reflects sometimes Hurley can seem like Everyman walking through a landscape where the characters are Death Drunkenness Violence and Despair It seems appropriate to uestion whether the police on Palm Island werenforcing the law or being the law Were these cops also caught between feeling contempt for their countrymen who didn t know the realities of life in these places and a feeling thatMainstream Australia Our Indigenous
It Would Be As Orwellwould be as Orwell it the greatest joy in the world to do violence to those who laughed at them those useless abusive men throwing rocks while their children didn t have Mystery at Kittiwake Bay enough toat One chapter simply titled The Rally is a short but intense account of ueensland police rallying behind Senior Sargent Hurley when he is charged with short but intense account of ueensland police rallying behind Senior Sargent Hurley when he is charged with When a motion is put forward for a vote Hooper observes when the crowd voted they didn t put their arms straight up but held them out at a 45 degree angle It was surreal Several issues bubble to the surface not only racial issues but socioeconomic issues political issues and issues of societal status I felt that Hurley was dedicated and proud of his work in a remote community but did he lose a sense of reality being so disconnected from a larger communityuestions were raised and rightly so about the age old belief that police should stick up for their own regardlessTall Man stands out as not just an account but a reflection of what happened that day and its conseuences Dangerous Waters (Cold Case Files even though we will never know what truly happened the day Mulrunji died in custody Writing about Hurley sxamination and cross The Husband (Smytheshire, Massachusetts, examination during the trial Hooper describes the accused He was like anvasive spirit hiding in the legal cracks The law pretended it could pin him down cut him to size Each new proceeding claimed to be the place where the truth would be known the shadows cast out the bright light of justice triumph I read this book a few years ago not too long after I first moved to Australia but was only reminded of it recently when a documentary was played on SBS of the same name which included an interview with the author This is a moving and relatively unbiased account of the actions leading to Doomadgee s death and what happened soon thereafter It also gives you a taste of the career and character of Chris Hurley and of what life is like in remote communities such as Palm Island To be honest I was still rather conflicted about the whole thing in the sense that I don t think we ll ver know xactly what happened after reading it which I think is a testament to Hooper s handling of the story One thing I did feel pretty strongly after reading it was a sense. In 2004 on Palm Island an Aboriginal settlement in the Deep North of Australia a thirty six year old man named Cameron Doomadgee was arrested for swearing at a white police officer Forty minutes later he was dead in the jailhouse The police claimed he'd tripped on a step but his liver was ruptured The main suspect was Senior Sergeant Christopher Hurley a charis. Of despair as there is a big part of me that suspects this was a breakdown of an officer who spent too long in these remote communities Not many officers would want to dedicate two decades of their life to working in remote Aboriginal communities and I do think that his heart was in the right place But what if he had a breakdown What if that could happen again to another officer Reading this book one gets the sense that many people do not believe this was an overt act of racism An Italian Education even if Hurley did cause Doomadgee s death Rather given his dedication to these communities and the heartbreak he inevitablyxperienced over the years it s uite possible that he just snapped What can we do to stop this happening in the future This story is tragic and it would be Protecting the Colton Bride Coltons Cowboy Code even tragic if we let it happen again At any rate I highly recommend this book just don txpect to leave it feeling like you ve got it all figured outNote I read an arlier version of this book The recent version may be worth getting as it might have the most recent developments in the legal cases This
broke my heart writing and such an insight into the continued failings of our legal and political system for Indigenous Australians To read this during the current debate surrounding changing the date further highlights how far we have to go towards any sort of reconciliation or healing as a nation I highly recommend reading this book The copy of this book that I have has the original blue cover with a red palm leaf on it and it is called The Tall Man Death and Life on Palm Island I prefer that title to the other dition s which was called Tall Man the Death of Doomadgee because it broadened the scope which I believe matters the death of Cameron Doomadgee tragic as it was is also not an isolated case There have been several such incidents of death in custody of an Aboriginal person since I have lived here in Australia I think that the original title alluded to Palm Island s representing a microcosm of the Indigenous Daddy Wanted experience That being said Chloe Hooper possesses rare skills in a writer commenting on such recent and horrific circumstances as the death of Doomadgee she maintainsnough necessary aesthetic distance to stay calm focused and clear yet sensitively negotiates a close Forbidden Stranger enoughngagement for us to feel deeply and compassionately about the people of Palm Island This is an Snowy River Man excellent book which describes a complex and disturbing set of social relationships and series ofvents culminating in an Aboriginal death in custody The after Night Moves (Harlequin Blaze effects are still being felt today legally and otherwise The Tall Man does not achieve its impact by use of graphicxploitation melodrama or grotesueness as we are so used to seeing today I thought it Les brumes d'avalon : roman elouent and subtle in itsxecution I did not find the book one sided or feel that HooperBook Broke My Heart
was demonising Hurley but I can understand that others may have xperienced itdemonising Hurley but I can understand that others may have xperienced it way The Carpenters Wife and Heart of Stone especially if they are closer to the people involved I am an Americanx pat having lived in Australia for seven years and I am still trying to understand the subtleties of race relations and socio political power years and I am still trying to understand the subtleties of race relations and socio political power between the descendants of the original indigenous peoples of this land and the white descendants of the colonials Many things are of course similar to Celtic Fire (Rogue Angel, every other country that has been colonised including my own butach country and its people are also uniue and it is these layers of difference that I am still working my way through I found Hooper s book to be helpful informative and highly readable and it has helped me to come a bit closer to my goal of understanding This is The Family Plan essential reading for anyone interested in race relations in Australia or police manipulation of power and civil rights anywhere Hooper works with material from documents court hearing and interviews with community members and others in herfforts to reconstruct and analyse what happened on the night that Cameron Doom. Matic cop with long A Family Practice experience in Aboriginal communities and decorations for his work Chloe Hooper was asked to write about the case by the pro bono lawyer who represented Cameron Doomadgee's family He told her it would take a couple of weeks She spent three years following Hurley's trail to some of the wildest and most remote parts of Australiaxploring Abori.