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Kumanjayi Walker shooting: NT corruption boss steps aside over 'Black Lives Matter' comment

The NT's corruption watchdog Ken Fleming (left) will step aside. And (left) protesters demanding answers of the death of teenager Kumanjayi Walker. Source: AAP

The NT's corruption watchdog Ken Fleming will step aside from his role in the probe into the police shooting of Indigenous teenager Kumanjayi Walker.

The Northern Territory's first Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) Ken Fleming QC will step down from his oversight role in relation to the investigation of the recent police shooting death of Indigenous teenager Kumanjayi Walker.

Mr Fleming drew criticism that he was not impartial after saying at a protest rally in Alice Springs: "One of the most important messages today is 'Black Lives Matter'. Anybody who says contrary to that is guilty of corrupt behaviour”.

Ken Fleming has stood down from the corruption watchdog.
Ken Fleming has stood down from the corruption watchdog.
AAP

NT Police Constable Zachary Rolfe has been charged with murder over the shooting at Yuendumu on 9 November.

Mr Walker died after he was shot in the remote community 300 kilometres from Alice Springs.

Demonstrators calling for justice for Kumanjayi Walker as part of recent protests.
Demonstrators calling for justice for Kumanjayi Walker as part of recent protests.
Bertrand Tungandame

Constable Rolfe was one of two police officers went there to arrest Mr Walker for breaches of his suspended sentence.

The 28-year-old policeman is a former Australian Army soldier who has been awarded three bravery awards during his service with the police force.

A National Day of Action was held for Kumanjayi Walker. Protesters have even rallied outside Federal Parliament.
A National Day of Action was held for Kumanjayi Walker. Protesters have even rallied outside Federal Parliament.
SBS News

He was awarded the National Bravery Medal in 2016 as a probationary constable after saving two tourists from floodwaters in Alice Springs.

The teen’s death saw Australia-wide gathers as part of a national day of action demanding answers.

Constable Rolfe was released on bail and it’s understood he will plead not guilty.

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