Chris Dawson says sorry for ‘past wrongful actions’ that have created a sense of mistrust

The Western Australian police commissioner has issued a historic apology to the state’s Indigenous people, saying he took ownership for “past wrongful actions that have caused immeasurable suffering” and fuelled a sense of mistrust towards the force.

Speaking at police headquarters in Perth on Thursday, Chris Dawson apologised for the police role in carrying out policies that led to the stolen generations, while also acknowledging that “land dispossession, violence, racism, incarceration and deaths in custody have occurred through a history of conflict with Aboriginal people and police”.

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