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The Northern Territory news Fri 15 Nov 2019



The Northern Territory news Fri 15 Nov 2019

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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10 YUENDUMU SHOOTING FRIDAY NOVEMBER 15 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Free and clear investigation HAYLEY SORENSEN hayley.sorensen@news.com.au THE police investigation into the alleged murder of Yuendumu teenager Kumanjayi Walker will be free of political influence, the Territorys top cop says. Addressing the media in Darwin yesterday, NT Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker called on members of his force to respect the court process which will follow after one of their own was charged with Mr Walkers killing. I know you are hurting, he said. I know you have questions. The community has questions. These questions will be answered in the fullness of time without emotion, with objectivity. Mr Chalker addressed commentary from some quarters that the charges against Alice Springs police officer Zachary Rolfe for the murder of Kumanjayi Walker, 19, were politically motivated. This process is free of political influence, of that you can be assured. And you can always be assured of that while I am at the helm, Mr Chalker said. At a separate press conference minutes after Mr Chalkers address, Chief Minister Michael Gunner acknowledged the hurt felt by those in Yuendumu, and those in the police force. Right now it is critical that all members of our police force receive the understand ing and co-operation of Territorians to allow them to do their jobs right across the Territory in a very difficult time, Mr Gunner said. He said his priority was to return the shattered town 300km from Alice Springs to a state of normalcy. Healthcare services and schools in Yuendumu have reopened. Those who travelled from Yuendumu to Alice Springs to attend rallies would be helped back to community, Mr Gunner said. He has asked everyone to remain respectful and peaceful. We cannot and will not let this divide us, he said. When asked about commentary swirling online that the Northern Territory was a racist place with a racist police force, Mr Gunner said the Territorys resilience was born from its diversity. One third of our Northern Territory is indigenous. Over a third of our NT people are born overseas. We are the most culturally rich and diverse part of this great nation, he said. Rolfe, 28, will plead not guilty to the murder of Mr Walker, who died on Saturday evening. It is alleged Rolfe shot Mr Walker three times when he and his partner went to his home in Yuendumu to arrest the teenager for breaches of his suspended sentence. Rolfe has been suspended from the force with pay. NT Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Michael White and Commissioner Jamie Chalker address the media Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD GAIN THE SKILLS YO U NEED FOR THE JOB YOU W ANT ENROL NOW FOR 2020 Get qualified for A range of rewarding career pathways exciting and future-focused certificate courses Certificate I in Business (BSB10115) Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management (AHC10116) Conservation and Land Management Level 2 Workplace Practice Certificate II in Creative Industries (CUA20215) Certificate II in Information And Digital Media Technology (ICT20115) Certificate III in Information and Digital Media Technology (ICT30118) Ce Certificate III Screen and Media (CUA31015) (08) 8930 5704 mackillopnt.catholic.edu.au/rto /mackillopcollege.nt

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