Violent race riots erupt in Kalgoorlie

WESTERN Australian Police have issued a statement after a dramatic and violent race riot erupted on the streets of Kalgoorlie.

Tensions flared as a man accused of the manslaughter of a local indigenous boy fronted court.

ABC reports about 300 protesters gathered outside the courthouse this morning ahead of the expected appearance of the 55 year-old man involved. 

The boy was reportedly riding a stolen motorcycle on Monday before a crash involving the bike and the man's utility.

Police told the ABC stolen motorbike was linked to the charged man.

Vision from the ensuing riots show people smashing police car windows and windscreens and throwing stones at a courthouse before forcing their way inside the compound. 

Many can be seen chanting "We want justice," throughout the footage. 

Via a statement WA Police acknowledged there was significant community concern over the incidents.   

"Footage of damage to areas of Kalgoorlie Court and surrounds has been broadcast and police are currently responding to a protest in the city," a statement issued about 3pm read.   

"Members of the public have a right to protest, however, we encourage them to do so peacefully or they may be arrested."