• Protests over John Pat's death in Perth. (SBS)Source: SBS
The Western Australian government is being asked to apologise to the family of teenager John Pat, who died in police custody 30 years ago.
Craig Quartermaine

25 Sep 2013 - 5:44 PM  UPDATED 27 Sep 2013 - 4:45 PM

The first of a series of rallies organised by the Deaths in Custody Watch Committee took place today in Perth.

The Deaths in Custody Watch Committee in Western Australia launched a series of rallies and protests across the country to mark the 30th anniversary of the John Pat case.

In 1983, the then 16-year-old died from injuries sustained during a brutal assault and arrest by police officers. The tragedy devastated the Pilbara community of Roebourne and sparked moves to a Royal Commission. 

There have been no convictions in the John Pat case.

Natasha Moore, Chairperson of the Deaths in Custody Watch Committee, says three decades on, there are still recommendations from the Royal Commission which have not been implemented.

She says on September 28 there will be calls for action.

"We plan to meet at Parliament House in the evening. We plan to have a list of speakers speaking on the day. Also we'll be passing a motion through parliament asking them to apologise to Mavis Pat and the family," she said.

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