Photos: 30 years after the royal commission into Black deaths in custody — Black lives still matter

At least 470 First Nations peoples have died in custody, including five in the past few weeks, since the Royal Commission into Black Deaths in Custody handed down its 339 recommendations on April 15, 1991.

Black Lives Matter protests were organised in Melbourne, Sydney, Alice Springs and Lismore on April 10, to demand that the grieving families receive justice.

There have been no convictions handed down over these deaths, and only one officer has been charged with murder, Constable Zachary Rolfe, who was charged with the murder of Kumanjayi Walker in November.

Melbourne. Photo: Chloe de Silva

The Melbourne protest mobilised more than 6000 people who marched from State Parliament to the Flinders Street intersection, reports Chloe de Silva.

Melbourne. Photo: Chloe de Silva
Melbourne. Photo: Chloe de Silva
Melbourne. Photo: Chris Peterson
Brisbane. Photo: Alex Bainbridge

Alex Bainbridge reports that the rally in Meanjin/Brisbane was passionate and youthful.

Brisbane. Photo: Alex Bainbridge
Brisbane. Photo: Alex Bainbridge
Brisbane. Photo: Alex Bainbridge
Sydney. Noika Chatfield, mother of Tane, who was killed in 2017 in Tamworth Prison. Photo: Peter Boyle

The Sydney protest, which was organised by FISTT, Students against Racism, Justice for David Dungay Jr, Indigenous Social Justice Association and Australian Student Environment Network, drew at least 3000 people reports Peter Boyle.

Sydney. Eddie Murray's granddaughter speaks about her grandfather who was killed in custody in 1981. Photo: Peter Boyle
Sydney. Caroline Anderson, mother of Wayne Fella Morrison, who was killed in custody in 2016. Photo: Peter Boyle
Sydney. Actor and activist Meyne Wyatt. Photo: Peter Boyle
Sydney. Gwenda Stanley from Fighting in Solidarity Towards Treaties. Photo: Peter Boyle
Sydney. Photo: Peter Boyle
Sydney. Photo: Isaac Nellist
Alice Springs. Photo: Philippe Perez/CAAMA
Anyupa Butcher is the coordinator of National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Legal Services End Deaths in Custody campaign. Photo: Philippe Perez/CAAMA

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