Tall Man: The Death of Doomadgee
In 2004 on Palm Island, an Aboriginal settlement in the "Deep North" of Australia, a thirty-six-year-old man named Cameron Doomadgee was arrested for swearing at a white police officer. Forty minutes later he was dead in the jailhouse. The police claimed he'd tripped on a step, but his liver was ruptured. The main suspect was Senior Sergeant Christopher Hurley, a charismatic cop with long experience in Aboriginal communities and decorations for his work.
Chloe Hooper was asked to write about the case by the pro bono lawyer who represented Cameron Doomadgee's family. He told her it would take a couple of weeks. She spent three years following Hurley's trail to some of the wildest and most remote parts of Australia, exploring Aboriginal myths and history and the roots of brutal chaos in the Palm Island community. Her stunning account goes to the heart of a struggle for power, revenge, and justice. Told in luminous detail, Tall Man is as urgent as Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and The Executioner's Song. It is the story of two worlds clashing -- and a haunting moral puzzle that no reader will forget.
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Review: Tall Man: The Death of DoomadgeeUser Review - Anne Tucker - Goodreads
I vaguely remember reading about this a few years ago, but this book brought out much more about the history, context and atrocities of treatment of Aboriginal people in Australia. I found it hard to ... Read full review
Review: Tall Man: The Death of DoomadgeeUser Review - S'hi - Goodreads
Chloe Hooper's coverage of the inquest of Cameron Doomadgee's death while in custody at the Palm Island police station and the subsequent trial of the first police officer to be found to have a case ... Read full review
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