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Vigils in Tasmania

There is an aspiration for Tasmania's Black Lives Matter vigils to be a turning point for preventing indigenous deaths when encountering Australia's legal system.

Peaceful gatherings are planned for tomorrow afternoon in Launceston, Devonport and Hobart, in a symbol of solidarity with the movement in America after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.

The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre's Michael Mansell hopes it inspires a political appetite for reconsidering police powers, here.

"Where you get 99% of the police force that's acting exactly as you want them to be, how do you prevent the 1% doing the wrong thing and abusing their powers, so it is something that should be reviewed."

He'd like to see the vigils resonate with law enforcement.

"These vigils are educational for police officers and other services who have a broad range of powers when they deal with the public and can take away the liberty and the freedoms of the public."