The video, though silent and impersonal, remains chilling.
On a cold autumn morning in Cleveland a boy ambles around a bandstand in a park playing with a pellet gun.
Suddenly a police car appears, and without even leaving the driver’s seat an officer shoots the boy, 12-year-old Tamir Rice in the stomach and torso.
Three Los Angeles police officers shot and killed a man as they wrestled with him on the ground, a confrontation captured on video that millions viewed online. Authorities say the man was shot after grabbing for an officer’s gun.
…follows so many other recent examples of Police shooting dead African Americans one needs to wonder how any of this is anything less than a paramilitary Police force out of control and drunk on their own power.
Let’s never allow the NZ Police this level of militarisation and self-justification.