‘Neo- Nazi’ boy, 15, is shot dead by Australian police in skate park, The Daily Mail
Police pursue ‘suicide by cop’ angle in teen shooting death, Geesche Jacobsen, SMH
Tyler Cassidy’s final night of fury, Roger Franklin, Herald Sun
Kill me. I’m going to kill you’, Tyler Cassidy told police, Herald Sun
Shot teen Tyler Cassidy joined ‘white pride’ racist group, Mark Dunn, Herald Sun
Call for answers after cops kill 15-year-old Tyler Cassidy, Julie-Anne Davies and Milanda Rout, The Australian:
According to Cam Smith, the organiser of FightdemBack, a group which fights race-hate groups in Australia, the Southern Cross Soldiers is mainly organised through MySpace and there are at least 1000 members in nine chapters across the country.
The gang is made up of mainly teenagers, but the leaders were aged in their mid-twenties and the group was set up through the internet after the Cronulla riots. “They are mainly young people and are organised extensively through MySpace,” Mr Smith said. “It is a post-Cronulla thing. A lot of people who had been inspired by Cronulla have connected through the internet.”
Mr Smith said the Southern Cross Soldiers first came across the radar in January. “They are a gang whose activities are mainly limited to fights with other groups and occasionally picking on the random minority in the street,” Mr Smith said.
“A number of them are fairly hard-core neo-Nazis. The rest of them are fairly hard-core racists. They are interested in racial purity in Australia.”
Death calls for an answer, Herald Sun (Editorial)
Two knives, three alarmed police officers and a ‘scared little boy’ lies dead in seconds, John Silvester, Farah Farouque and Lucy Battersby
A spokesman for anti-racist monitoring group Fight Dem Back, Cam Smith, said the group, made up of under-age teenagers, had a propensity to get into fights with other gangs.