Your NZ Police at work – tasering a man to death

By   /   March 9, 2017  /   5 Comments

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The thing that is most concerning about all this abuse using tasers is that the rules on taser use are incredibly clear, a Police Officer can only use a taser if a person has a weapon on them and are threatening use of it against the Police or other people.

Here’s the wonderful NZ Police as they taser a man to death, go along to the footage and watch them at work…

…this on the day that we learn Police used a taser on a mentally unwell man in a Police cell…

Police taser use on mentally unwell man ‘excessive’ and ‘unjustified’

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a South Auckland sergeant’s use of a Taser on a mentally unwell man at the Counties Manukau Police station was “contrary to policy, excessive and unjustified”.

Police were called to a South Auckland address on April 27 last year after a 111 call about a man wielding a large knife and threatening to self harm.

When police arrived, the man’s family told them he had been cutting himself earlier in the day with a small pocket knife and that it was possible he still had this knife concealed on him.

Officers arrested the man for possessing an offensive weapon and took him to the police station. He was told he would be strip searched and was taken to a small cubicle to wait for officers.

He refused to remove his clothes and police advised him that if he did not, they would cut the items off him.

As they tried to remove his clothes the man resisted.

A sergeant entered the cubicle and used a Taser twice on the man, his actions caught on the room’s CCTV camera.

…hilarious stuff.

Will anything happen to the Police? Probably not.

NZs weird authority worship culture allow the Police to do what they like, and we have a Political class that only care about get-tough-on-crime rhetoric, not holding Police brutality to account.

The Independent Police Conduct Authority still don’t have the budget to investigate all complaints independently and they still have no teeth when it comes to their rulings.

The thing that is most concerning about all this abuse using tasers is that the rules on taser use are incredibly clear, a Police Officer can only use a taser if a person has a weapon on them and are threatening use of it against the Police or other people. The Police CAN NOT use a taser for mere non compliance, they can’t use it if you are refusing to follow their orders. You have to have a weapon and be a present and real danger, but what we are increasingly seeing are Police using tasers just because they can.

In a properly functioning democracy, the population demand from their politicians that there be checks and balance over Police power, in NZ, we unquestioningly cheerlead the cops and hand them vast powers with barely any oversight.

Many NZers still believe that anyone questioning the Police are communists, we need to grow up as a culture before we will start demanding accountability from Police brutality.

 

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5 Comments

  1. Michelle says:

    I was pretty disgusted in the way they killed this man. We said the taser would be abused and now it is happening and this isn’t the first time they keep saying they will learn from there mistakes but how many mistakes will it take for them to learn and how many lives will it costs.
    If they ever did this to one of my whanau members look out I would be very angry indeed and on the war path the police are getting away with far too much bad behavior its not good enough in our country to have this happening

  2. Hamish says:

    Is this a serious article?
    I am referring to the use of cut edits to provide a few seconds of “out of context’ video with your judgements made. A jury of peers deemed the Police officers not guilty because they had the full story. And yet here you are missing the facts of a man that was asked 5 times to comply with police instructions. They broke the windows, used pepper spray and after he still wouldnt comply, they then used the taker. The obese man died of a heart attack, well…. No surprises there.
    Next time on your opinion news website, give the full story.

    • Walter says:

      Failure to comply (remembering he had been raped, probably causative to his mental illness) is not grounds for execution.
      Last time I checked we lived in a society where police are bound by rules.

  3. Nitrium Nitrium says:

    Tasers? Pffft. Just think how more “effective” Greg O’Connor will make our police once we get Labour in power!

  4. Jollo says:

    You seem to be missing the part where it was the same Police who investigated the matter, found that the use of force was unjustified and excessive and criminally charged the officers involved.

    It was a jury of your peers who decided that nope, the Police were wrong to charge them and the officers were innocent.