Zachary Rolfe’s ‘blatantly racist’ and ‘disgraceful’ texts with colleagues learn out at Kumanjayi Walker inquest

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Textual content message exchanges between Constable Zachary Rolfe and a number of other police colleagues have been described as “threatening”, “blatantly racist” and “homophobic” by a serving sergeant, as they have been learn out within the Northern Territory coroner’s court docket. 

WARNING: This text accommodates excessive and offensive racist language heard in court docket and the picture of an Aboriginal one that has died, with the permission of their household.  

A coronial inquest is underway into the dying of 19-year-old Kumanjayi Walker, who died in 2019 after he was shot thrice by Constable Rolfe throughout an tried arrest.

Constable Rolfe was discovered not responsible of any offence in relation to Mr Walker’s dying.

Giving proof at present earlier than the inquest, Sergeant Anne Jolley – who’s the officer in command of the Yuendumu police station – stated the textual content messages have been “disgraceful.”

“I’m shocked, I will be trustworthy I’m shocked and shocked,” she stated.

Kumanjayi Walker was fatally shot by Constable Rolfe in Yuendumu in 2019.(Provided)

Constable Rolfe bragged about ‘beating’ folks up 

Within the texts, Mr Rolfe brags that he has “laid into” Aboriginal folks, and in a number of of the messages he refers to them as “n***as”, “c**ns, and “neanderthals”. 

In a single message, despatched from Mr Rolfe in March of 2019, he stated: 

“I am out at Borroloola, a random neighborhood on the coast, ‘trigger they’re rioting. However we got here up final time they did this and smashed the entire neighborhood. So, this time, as quickly as we arrived, they began behaving.”

In different alternate, Mr Rolfe is heard saying he “likes” to “towel up” Aboriginal folks, which the coroner heard meant “beat folks up.”

Constable Rolfe: “Oi, for those who’re hungry, you are undoubtedly allowed to towel locals up.”

Fellow officer: “In case your final title rhymes with Olf, you are allowed to towel up locals.”

Mr Rolfe: “I do have a licence to towel locals. I prefer it.”

The coroner heard in one other textual content alternate Constable Rolfe wrote that “these bush c**ns aren’t used to folks going after them”.

Sergeant Jolley advised the coroner these weren’t attitudes that she had heard beforehand expressed by Northern Territory cops.

a young man wearing a blue collared shirt outside court
Zachary Rolfe’s attorneys beforehand objected to the textual content messages being included within the inquest.  (ABC Information: Che Chorley)

Allegations of ‘appearing’ for body-worn video 

In one other textual content alternate learn out to the court docket, a fellow police officer apologised to Mr Rolfe for “shedding” his “s***”.

Different officer: Stress you did not want. You sorted it properly. I simply had sufficient. He was the second individual to press my button that night time.

Constable Rolfe: “Bro, there was actually no stress about it. I am all for that shit. I’ve executed the identical factor to you greater than as soon as, earlier than. I am all the time able to make my digital camera face the opposite means, and be a dramatic c*** within the movie, ha ha.”

Different officer: “And the Oscar goes to.”

Constable Rolfe: Ha ha

Sergeant Jolley stated she had by no means heard of officers “appearing in a specific means after they flip their physique worn video on”.

She advised the coroner the allegation was “stunning” and warranted self-discipline.

The exterior of the Alice Springs courthouse, on a sunny day.
The inquest is now in its second week in Alice Springs. (ABC Information: Xavier Martin)

‘Homophobic’, ‘sexist’ attitudes

The coroner additionally heard a number of messages despatched between Mr Rolfe and his colleagues that mirrored a scarcity of respect for cops who work in neighborhood, like Sargent Jolley.

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