An Aboriginal Australian Police Officer who stoned a wombat to death is still not charged and is roaming freely.
On October 3, 2019, Police Officer Waylon Johncock was filmed chasing and stoning a wombat on a dirt road in Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.
The video shows the officer stoning the wombat to death.
The video went viral right away and it sparked outrage and disgust amongst Australians.
Authorities are currently seeking independent legal advice on how they could prosecute Officer Waylon.
Earlier this month and an inquiry were launched earlier this month to determine if Johncock will face criminal charges in relation to animal cruelty.
Johncock Aboriginal has thrown up various issues in this case.
According to the Native Title Act of 1993, the Aboriginal People are permitted to maintain traditional hunting customs.
Indigenous people in Southern Australia are allowed to kill wombats using a rock, which means he didn’t commit any crime.
Wirangu-Kokatha elder Jack Johncock defended Officer Waylon.
In a statement that he released, he said, “For the people of the west coast of South Australia, the wombat is a big part of their diet and they’ll get wombat any way they can.”
Johncock killed the wombat and caused outrage amongst animal rights activists.
A petition was started after the incident, and it calls on for stronger laws against the exploitation of traditional hunting practices.
The petition on the Change.org has over 330,000 signatures.
Johncock spoke out against the petitions and the outrage that the video received.
He said, “Don’t they think they’ve done enough changes in this country to take away all our rights and customs? I think enough is enough.”
Johncock works as a South Australian police community liaison officer.
He is currently being investigated by the South Australian Police and is working as a police officer.
The South Australian Police didn’t release any comment about the investigation and the incident.