Original Article – ABC:
Protesters angry over the death of a 14-year-old boy in WA’s Goldfields have tried to force their way into the Kalgoorlie courthouse and pelted the building with rocks and bottles.
A police officer has been injured and car and building windows smashed as a protest over the death of an Aboriginal teenager in Kalgoorlie escalates.
Tensions in the Goldfields city have been high since the death of the 14-year-old boy on Monday.
Hundreds of protesters have gathered outside the courthouse, with some trying to force their way in and others pelting the building with rocks and bottles.There have been several arrests and a police officer received a head injury when hit by a bottle.
A 55-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter and is due to appear in court today.
It is believed the boy was riding a stolen motorcycle before a crash involving the bike and the accused man’s utility.
It is estimated at least 300 people, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, have gathered outside the courthouse.
ABC Goldfields’s John Wibberley told 720 ABC Perth the situation was heated and ominous.
“The main street, Buchanan Street, has been completely shut down in both directions,” he said.
“The police have also introduced dogs now and it doesn’t look as though the situation is calming in any shape or form.
“The mantra or cry coming from people here is ‘justice’ and ‘we want justice now’.
“They’ve just forced their way actually through courthouse security and there is an enormous police presence here now, and again, very unsettling, very upset and angry people, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal.”
Authorities have issued a statement saying measures have been put in place to protect all court staff, and civilians in the building are safe.
A District Court trial set down for today has been postponed and authorities hope the Magistrates Court will be able to resume later today.
A full inquiry will be held into the circumstances of the disturbance, the statement said.