Family want answers over NT cop shooting
The family of indigenous teen Kumanjayi Walker who was shot dead at the weekend are asking why his Aboriginal police officer uncle was not sent in to negotiate or a Taser used by a policeman instead of a gun.
Mr Walker, 19, was shot at Yuendumu, 300 kilometres from Alice Springs, about 7pm on Saturday after two officers went to the property to arrest him.
Emotions are high in the remote community of about 800 mostly indigenous Warlpiri people, who are angry at the prospect of police investigating themselves.
Mostly peaceful protests have been held outside remote police stations calling for justice.
There are plans for people to travel from remote communities to Alice Springs this week to protest Mr Walker's death.
Alice Springs councillor Jacinta Price, a Warlpiri/Celtic woman who is related to Mr Walker, said the family wanted answers.
She said they wanted to know why Yuendumu Aboriginal Community Police Officer Derek Williams, who was Mr Walker's uncle, was not used to negotiate his arrest.
"They are asking why Derek wasn't used to approach his nephew to get him to co-operate in the first place," Ms Price said.
"As well as the use of deadly weapon, a gun, why wasn't perhaps a Taser used in this situation."
The Northern Territory's new police chief says an investigation into how Mr Walker came to be shot would be independent and seek the truth.
NT Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker was sworn into the role on Monday, replacing Reece Kershaw. His first job was holding a press conference where he confirmed there was body-worn camera footage of the shooting.
"This is a tragedy, everybody can be very reassured that we will investigate this fully on behalf of the coroner to ensure the outcome is subsequently available for public scrutiny," Mr Chalker told reporters.
"We will continue to work with the ICAC Commissioner (Office of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption) as well in respect to ensuring professional oversight in relation to that matter.
"We currently have (WA) assistant commissioner Nick Anticich on secondment here leading the professional standards investigation to this matter on my behalf."
However the Central Land Council, which represents indigenous people, said Mr Walker's family deserved an inquiry that was fully "independent of the NT Police, transparent and thorough".
Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Michael White who is in Yuendumu said Mr Walker lunged at an officer as two policemen tried to arrest him.
He said Mr Walker was armed - but police will not say with what - and that an altercation occurred resulting in an officer being stabbed in the shoulder.
"During that time a struggle ensued and two shots were fired and he sadly passed away later," he said.
Police had allowed Mr Walker to attend the funeral of a relative earlier that day.
He was released from prison on October 21 over property and stealing offences but was to be re-arrested for breaching the terms of his release.
© AAP 2019