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Australia Joyce Clarke laid to rest after police shooting in Geraldton, but family still waiting for answers

08:25  15 november  2019
08:25  15 november  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Hundreds of mourners gathered today in Joyce Clarke's hometown of Carnarvon, 890 kilometres north of Perth, to farewell the 29-year-old, who was described as a loving and kind woman by those who knew her.

a close up of a person wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Joyce Clarke was shot dead by police in Geraldton. On the day of her funeral the family is still seeking answers. (Facebook: Joyce Clarke) © Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Joyce Clarke was shot dead by police in Geraldton. On the day of her funeral the family is still seeking answers. (Facebook: Joyce Clarke) Ms Clarke's death in September, which followed police being called amid reports of woman brandishing a knife, sparked racially-charged protests outside Geraldton Police Station and across Australia.

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In September, 29-year-old Yamatji woman Joyce Clarke was shot outside a house in the Geraldton suburb of Kaloo and died soon after in hospital. At a rally in Canberra, a Labor senator for the Northern Territory, Malarndirri McCarthy, told Warlpiri families she was “sorry for their loss” and called

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"It [the system] failed her, deliberately failed her," Ms Clarke's adoptive mother, Leslie 'Anne' Clarke, said in the aftermath of the shooting.

"Because [the officer] shot her and now I've got to go through all the things now to lay her to rest and that's going to be even more devastating."

Joyce Clarke's adoptive mother, Leslie 'Anne' Jones, said the system had failed her family. © ABC Mid West and Wheatbelt: Laura Meachim Joyce Clarke's adoptive mother, Leslie 'Anne' Jones, said the system had failed her family. In a statement to the ABC, a spokeswoman for WA Police said the investigation into Ms Clarke's death was still ongoing.

She said police continued to work with Ms Clarke's family and the broader Aboriginal community, and would do so throughout the investigation.

The officer involved has been stood aside from operational duties.

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In September, 29-year-old Yamatji woman Joyce Clarke was shot outside a house in the Geraldton suburb of Kaloo and died soon after in hospital. The NT police would not confirm whether or not the police officers involved in the shooting were still on duty but said they are no longer in the community.

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Concerns over extra police presence

The local Aboriginal community has criticised police for increasing their presence in Carnarvon.

Many mourners wore shirts emblazoned with the slogan 'Justice for Joyce', which was chanted at protests sparked by Ms Clarke's death. © ABC Mid West and Wheatbelt: Laura Meachim Many mourners wore shirts emblazoned with the slogan 'Justice for Joyce', which was chanted at protests sparked by Ms Clarke's death. It is understood 60 extra police officers were sent to the small town, including the mounted police section, for Ms Clarke's funeral.

CEO of the Carnarvon Aboriginal Medical Service and spokesman for the family Les Cook said it was overkill.

"We've never seen this many police in this town," he said.

Les Cook, of Carnarvon Aboriginal Medical Service, says the heavy police at Ms Clarke's funeral amounts to © ABC Mid West and Wheatbelt: Laura Meachim Les Cook, of Carnarvon Aboriginal Medical Service, says the heavy police at Ms Clarke's funeral amounts to "provocation". "How the girl died, they've [police] got to learn to stand back, the police, because … it's just provocation.

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Police officer shot dead Joyce Clarke , 29, after family called police on her. Mother-of-one Joyce Clarke , above, was killed when she was shot by a police officer in Geraldton , Western Australia About 100 locals rallied outside the police station demanding answers . Miss Clarke was shot dead

The Geraldton mother fatally shot after reportedly lunging at police officers with a knife on Tuesday night has been named as Joyce Clarke . Credit: Ray Raab / 7NEWS. She leaves behind a seven-year-old son, who lives with another relative. AAP understands Ms Clarke had only recently been released

"If the police are going to drive past the church or the cemetery it is just going to bring provocation and people are really hot at the moment."

Regional WA Assistant Commissioner Jo McCabe said the increased presence was designed to "support the community … at a really sensitive time," and that officers from the Aboriginal Affairs division were present.

"We also have to understand that this is the fourth funeral in recent weeks so that type of event takes its toll on the community, they're hurting," Assistant Commissioner McCabe said.

Regional WA Assistant Commissioner Jo McCabe, pictured here in 2018, says police understand the community is hurting. © ABC Mid West and Wheatbelt: James Carmody Regional WA Assistant Commissioner Jo McCabe, pictured here in 2018, says police understand the community is hurting. "We don't talk about operational numbers but it's not unusual for regional Western Australia to support the community by bringing in extra staff during these types of events.

"As you can well imagine, any loss of people in such a small community, there's outpouring of grief, there really is.

"It hurts communities, so [because of] that ongoing trauma we're here, we're bringing the extra officers to support the community."

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Police officer takes immediate leave after shooting Aboriginal woman dead in Western Australia. Dozens rallied out the front of Geraldton police station, calling for answers to the 29-year-old's death. Joyce Clarke was reportedly armed with a knife when a constable shot her about 6.15pm

Town in shock

Mourners comfort one another at Joyce Clarke's funeral. © ABC Mid West and Wheatbelt: Laura Meachim Mourners comfort one another at Joyce Clarke's funeral. Mr Cook said the whole community is mourning Ms Clarke, who was born in Carnarvon and spent parts of her life living there.

"The whole town, it was just like silence, there was just shock," he said.

"Just total shock, absolute shock because we know the nature of that girl and it just not her, it just wasn't her."

He said the alleged murder of Kumanjayi Walker in the Northern Territory highlights the need for changes to be made to prevent further deaths.

"It's not just last week, it's been an occurring reoccurrence for the last couple of years," Mr Cook said.

"It's just too many young cops with the armoury on the hips — what do you do?

"The first thing they reach for is the most powerful weapon when they've got this other stuff.

"We've had for the last 30-odd years deaths in custody recommendations and probably half of them haven't been implemented."

Ms Clarke leaves behind a son, who is now being cared for by Ms Jones.

Mourners farewell woman shot by police in WA three months ago .
Two months on, and Joyce Clarke's family is still feeling the raw pain and anger they felt the day she died.  About 300 people gathered in the small town of Carnarvon today, approximately 900 kilometres north of Perth. Their grief, anger and pain evident as their cries filled the halls of the local church. © 9News Mourners gathered to remember the life of Ms Clarke. With emotions running so high, tensions boiled over early on. An alleged feud between Joyce's foster family and her biological family, over where to hold the funeral, carried on through to the service.

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