– Horrible treatment of Australian kids at juvenile detention center
– The footage was filmed between 2010 and 2014
– Children had been teargassed, carried by neck and abused in other horrendous ways
Footage of children in custody being teargassed, carried by the neck and shackled half-naked to a chair while hooded has emerged in Australia. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has ordered an inquiry into the treatment of children in detention following the broadcast of CCTV footage of the abuse of six Aboriginal boys.
It included scenes of them being stripped naked, thrown by the neck into a cell and held for long periods in solitary confinement. For example, one scene shows guard covering a 17-year-old boy's head with a hood and shackling him to a chair with neck, arm, leg and foot restraints, a position he was reportedly left in for two hours.
Mr Turnbull was deeply shocked with this footage and said: "We're determined to examine the extent to which there has been a culture of abuse and, indeed, whether there has been a culture of a cover-up.”
Aborigines make up the majority of the Northern Territory population and 94% of juvenile inmates in the territory. Nationwide, they comprise just 3% of the population, but 27% of those in prison.
A coalition of Northern Territory Aboriginal organisations now has called for the national government to dissolve the territory government.