Police Officer Charged In Shooting Of Warlpiri Man Kumanjayi Walker

He has been stood down with pay.

police shooting indigenous teenager northern territory, Zachary Rolfe

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Police officer Zachary Rolfe has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting a 19-year-old in a remote Northern Territory community.

As reported by the ABC, the 28-year-old officer allegedly shot Warlpiri man Kumanjayi Walker, who died shortly afterwards without being attended to by a doctor. There was no medical centre in the community — the only one in the vicinity had been closed due to break-ins.

The death prompted a wave of protests around the country, included heavily-attended rallies in Melbourne and Sydney. Hundreds gathered on town squares, demanding justice for the death.

Rolfe has been released on bail. According to a statement by Northern Territory police, he has been “suspended on pay.”

As reported by The Sydney Morning Herald, Rolfe is the son of two well-connected Canberra philanthropists, and is an ex-army serviceman.

An elder from Mr. Walker’s community told the ABC that he was “overwhelmed” by the news.

Rolfe is due to reappear in court this December.