One year ago Julieka Dhu, 22, died in police custody at South Hedland station in Western Australia's Pilbara region. Dhu was locked up over $1000 dollars in unpaid fines.
This week around the country Aboriginal communities are holding memorials for Dhu and rallying against further deaths in custody.
In Sydney, people gathered at the Redfern Tent Embassy to remember Dhu. Elder Jenny Munro said that Aboriginal deaths in custody had been happening for too long.
"It is absolutely heartbreaking that that family have got to go on and just have that void, that space, where that beautiful young woman should be. No more deaths in custody."
Speaking at the Redfern rally was Ken Canning who has spent much of his life behind bars. He told the crowd that dying in custody was a very real fear most Indigenous people caught up in the judicial system.
"If you're black in this country it can happen to you, and we know it. When you are locked up, you think of all those people who died in a cold cell alone. We have to stand up and say our lives mean something more than this."
Harris says the death of Dhu has reinforced the Indigenous community's fear of police.
In June Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett announced that he would implement reform to ensure safer custodial practices.
Allan Clarke is an Indigenous Affairs Reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.
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