NT police morale drops in charge aftermath
Northern Territory police officers are suffering from poor morale after a colleague was charged - but then acquitted - over the shooting death of an Indigenous teenager.
The lingering resentment is directed at the executive ranks of the force, prompting the police union to survey members to find out whether they have lost confidence in NT Commissioner Jamie Chalker and why.
"Morale within the NT Police appears low," NT Police Association Paul McCue said in statement on Friday.
"While Yuendumu is no doubt one factor, we anticipate the approach to discipline is a major factor as well, together with ongoing resourcing issues leading to high attrition rates."
In November 2019, Constable Zachary Rolfe fatally shot Kumanjayi Walker in the remote community of Yuendumu, 290km northwest of Alice Springs.
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