Police Shoot 15 year old Nationalist Tyler Cassidy
December 12, 2008
Police have shot a Nationalist youth in a stand off in Northcote, Melbourne today. It seems the youth, Tyler Cassidy, might have been prompting a confrontation with police over his pro-Nationalist, and anti-immigration, beliefs. He was shot down like a dog in the street.
This comes on top of many trigger happy Vic Police incidents in recent years…
Its hard to believe that four armed Police can’t tackle a fifteen year old boy? Even one with a knife? Why do Police always shoot at the center of the body, too? Could they not drop the suspect with one shot in the arm, or leg?
The frustration of Tyler is endemic of many Australian youths raised in a country with little opportunity, or future for them. They feel their nation and culture is under attack and their homeland being sold down the river by various interests. They also see the reality of street gang violence on Public transport and in the streets. Northcote and Preston are classic areas of confrontation with groups like Southern Cross Soldiers. It would not surprise me if this incident was perhaps a suicide, masked as an attack? Tyler Cassidy maybe decided to martyr himself?
Apparently Tyler was a member of the proto-fascist Nationalist group Southern Cross Soldiers. Tyler Cassidy’s myspace page is here. Southern Cross Soldier’s Melbourne site is here. These pages lack ideological sophistication and use unfortunate language, but are still heart felt attempts at some form of political expression. This reach for a political voice in Australian youth is unusual in an age where young people are generally apolitical hipsters, empty bubble headed consumers or simply unengaged in political discourse.
His family have released this statement here.
An article on the suicide/martyrdom theory is here.