Lex Wotton

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Lex Wotton was a two-time councillor on the Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council when 36-year-old Palm Island resident Cameron Doomadgee was arrested for public drunkenness on November 19, 2004, and died in police custody a few hour later. When the coroner's report was read at a community meeting, Wotton and the others learned that Doomadgee had suffered four broken ribs, a ruptured liver, and a ruptured portal vein as part of his arrest. Outraged, the community led a riot of 1,000 on Palm Island that resulted in several public buildings being burned down. Wotton was arrested, but on his release, he was hailed as a hero by many residents of Palm Island. He continued to act as a leader and even ran for mayor of the North Queensland Aboriginal community. Approximately four years after the riot, Wotton was found guilty of inciting a riot and sentenced to seven years in prison. (from wiki page Trial of Lex Wotton)

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