Kumanjayi Walker inquest hears constable Zachary Rolfe ‘was repetitive about behavior’ before shooting death – ABC News | Episode Movies

The Northern Territory Coroner has heard that Constable Zachary Rolfe was “repeatedly” involved in “worrying behaviour”, including failing to turn on his body-worn camera and making arrests, which led to injuries before Kumanjayi Walker’s death.

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Part of a police report prepared for coroner Elisabeth Armitage was read Tuesday at the inquest into Kumanjayi Walker’s death.

It noted that Superintendent Virginia Read of the NT Police Professional Standards Command raised concerns about the use of force by Constable Rolfe in the months leading up to the shooting death of the 19-year-old Warlpiri-Luritja man during an attempted arrest in Yuendumu.

Kumanjayi Walker died in November 2019 from gunshot wounds inflicted by the officer who fired his Glock three times after Mr Walker stabbed him in the shoulder with scissors.

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

Constable Rolfe was found not guilty after a Supreme Court trial in March and Judge Armitage is currently leading a three-month investigation into the shooting.

The inquiry was heard despite Superintendent Read’s concerns that there was “no record of action by Alice Springs superiors” nor “no evidence that action was taken” in relation to Constable Rolfe.

The court heard that Constable Rolfe was involved in 46 counts of use of force during his three years at Alice Springs Police Station, none of which led to findings of unnecessary, excessive use of force.

Superintendent Jody Nobbs, who was not in Constable Rolfe’s chain of command, told the coroner he was “surprised” to hear no action had been taken.

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The coroner heard Zachary Rolfe was involved in 46 reports of violence during his three years in Alice Springs.(ABC News: Michael Franchi)

“[If] that was an officer in your command… [and] You valued his tactical skills, you wanted to encourage him to use those tactical skills and avoid unnecessary use of force… how would you react?

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