The case of the Napier man who died after being tasered twice, pepper sprayed and had a dog set upon him demands intense scrutiny.
10 cops dragging a man out of a car who may have been attempting to self harm himself shouldn’t end in a death regardless of how difficult the suspect was being.
Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor has managed to sum up the arrogance that infects Police thinking with these comments…
“Hawke’s Bay Police were called upon in the early hours of Friday morning to attend such an incident. Those of us who were safe at home should refrain from criticising police actions until all facts are known.
“Those who felt the need to comment negatively on police actions should be aware of the impact of such comments on the individual officers and their families. The officers were at the scene doing the job expected of them.”
…and isn’t it that mentality that’s part of the problem? The whole, “we made a call and our call should never be questioned” mind set creates the very culture that thinks 10 cops on one person with tasers, pepper spray and dogs that lead to a death shouldn’t be criticised because we should just trust the cops?
Our authority worship is one of our least desirable national traits.