There is a dark unacknowledged truth regarding Teina Pora that NZ is refusing to accept.
Beyond the fact that all evidence points to serial rapist Malcolm Rewa, beyond the fact that the interrogation process bordered on Police State, beyond the fact that paid evidence was used to convict, beyond the fact that Pora couldn’t actually identify the house, beyond the fact that Rewa would NEVER take a member of an opposite gang along for a shared rape experience – beyond all that is the physical evidence that the amount of force and violence required to kill Susan Burdett was well beyond the capacity of a 17 year teenager.
What does all of this mean? The Police framed a young brown kid to take the fall and what we now see represents the worst miscarriage of justice ever in NZ history.
We refuse to acknowledge that the Police weren’t just mistaken, they actively framed a kid for a crime they knew he couldn’t have committed, and when the questions started, they refused to admit they were wrong because they knew they were wrong all along.
This has been arse covering from day 1. Our love for punishment which is whipped up by a mainstream media focused more on crime ratings hype than responsible journalism has blinded us to injustice.
Pora happened because we let the Police treat him this way without ever questioning it.