We acknowledge the Yuendumu and Warlpiri community’s grief and the broader interest in the investigation into the shooting of a 19-year old man by Northern Territory Police on Saturday night.
There is a lot of public commentary especially on social media which could influence witnesses and not allow the investigation to run its full course.
Out of respect to the deceased man, his family, Yuendumu, the wider Warlpiri community and the welfare of the officers involved, we ask that social media users are mindful of the hard work being done by the community leaders to support the grieving and maintain community safety.
The investigation is being overseen by senior West Australian police officer and current NT Police Assistant Commissioner Nick Anticich.
A report is being prepared for the Coroner.
Further independent oversight of the incident will come from the NT Ombudsman and the NT ICAC.
Senior community leaders and Police as well as other Government and non-Government agencies are engaging with the community to promote its safety and respect cultural sensitivities.