NT Police officer to stand trial for Indigenous Death in Custody

26th Oct 2020

The Northern Territory police officer charged over the shooting death of teenager Kumanjayi Walker last year has been committed to stand trial in the Northern Territory Supreme Court.

Kumunjayi Walkers' death sparked rallies across Australia, with protesters waving ‘Black Lives Matter’ signs and voicing outrage that another Aboriginal person had died in custody.

Members of Mr Walker's family, Yuendumu community members and supporters shared their thoughts following the announcement. The Northern Territory police officer charged over the shooting death of teenager Kumanjayi Walker last year has been committed to stand trial in the Northern Territory Supreme Court.

In a final attempt to have the case thrown out last month, lawyers for Mr Rolfe argued the police officer was acting in self-defence when he fired the three shots.


His lawyers argued he had no case to answer but . Alice Springs Local Court Judge John Birch ruled that Constable Rolfe should stand trial.