Each year in NSW 2500 Police are injured in the line of duty.
On our honeymoon, we drove through Boggabilla near the Queensland border. We arrived just as a school bus from Goondiwindi stopped in the main street. Teenagers ran from the bus and a brawl started in the middle of the main street.
I remembered this incident when I was offered a promotion to a school near Boggabilla. I declined. Not so lucky was young police constable Nicole Welsh who was appointed to nearby Moree.
Constable Welsh was patrolling in the Boggabilla area when a rock was thrown through the window of her police car, cutting her neck.
Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said there had been a "notable" increase in anti-police sentiment since the death of George Floyd in America.
Each year in NSW 2500 police are injured in the line of duty.
Aboriginal advocate Warren Mundine said protesters at the Sydney Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests waving a placard saying, "A good cop is a dead cop" were "poorly informed".
"The relationship between police and the Aboriginal people is a hell of a lot better than it ever was. To say there is a problem with the NSW police is absolute rubbish," he said.
The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is American. The problems Aboriginal people face in Australia are unique, needing Australian solutions.
As Jacinta Nampijinpa Price wrote in a Daily Telegraph article, "First, it is important to realise the Royal Commission into Black Deaths in Custody actually found that indigenous people are not more likely to die in custody than other Australians, when the higher incarceration rate of indigenous Australians is taken into account."
She points out that the royal commission actually found natural causes were the leading factor for black deaths in custody. Suicide was also another major issue.
Price then added, "Second, as is the case in the US, Aboriginal Australians are far more likely to die at the hands of other Aboriginal Australians than at the hands of white people or in custody", adding that while white male perpetrators of domestic violence are condemned, activists "too often excuse indigenous offenders on the basis of racism and colonisation".
She also said, "activists fail to admit ... that the number one cause for high rates of incarceration for Aboriginal Australians is due to violent assault and acts intended to cause injury. And the primary victims of these assaults are other indigenous people."
While activists were marching for Black Lives Matter, young indigenous children in Townsville were dying as a result of a horrendous crash in an (allegedly) stolen car. Four young people aged 13 to 17 were killed, the 14-year-old alleged driver seriously injured. He is now facing criminal charges including possession of dangerous drugs.
The Townsville Bulletin quotes Uncle Russell Butler saying that the community and government need to take action against youth crime now.
Indigenous mentor Wayne Parker said it's too little too late from the state government. Mr Butler and Mr Parker are well-known for their work in the YINDA Program which takes displaced children out to country for multiple weeks to teach them cultural values.
Uncle Russell and Wayne Parker are calling for more policing, to keep young Aboriginal people out of harm's way!
While living "on country" may be a wonderful lesson for disturbed Aboriginal youth, is that giving children a choice? Pride in your own culture is important, but I wonder if there should be more emphasis on teaching employable skills as well.
More emphasis on school education may lift the next generation of Aboriginal youth into a productive life. Living in town without a job cannot be satisfying. Sooner or later it must seem that no one cares.
Funding stopped in October for a program that picked up wandering children and kept them safe.
Sadly, the young mother of a girl killed in that horror crash has since been arrested for drug driving.
Another young mother whose son was killed has been before the courts for unlawful use of a motor vehicle. She had a six-page criminal history.
Young black lives matter, too. To save a generation of young people will require policing, massive social-worker support and very concentrated input from Aboriginal elders.
There is no easy answer.