Another teenager dead from inane Police chase policy and the usual bullshit apologies from the Minister of Police…
Young people need to be reminded of the “absolute stupidity” and potentially devastating consequences of fleeing police, Police Minister Judith Collins says.
Her comments follow the deaths of three teenagers after two separate police pursuits in the past week.
…blah blah blah. Note it’s never the cops fault, it’s never their chase policy that needs to be scrutinised, it’s of course the adrenalin pumped up teenagers who are to blame.
Mixing alpha male power trippers with spooked teens who aren’t thinking through the consequences sounds like a recipe for disaster.
And it is.
How many more people will have to die before the police hierarchy accepts that if their sworn duty is to protect and preserve life and property, then setting often young, adrenaline-filled officers to chase young adrenaline-filled youths in high-powered cars, is an exceedingly stupid way of carrying out that mission.
…look at what officials who have to critique Police actions have to say…
Independent Police Complaints Authority chairman Sir David Carruthers made this point in a finding relating to a May 2013 chase in Tauranga which ended with a passenger suffering a ruptured spleen.
He said police tail-gating the offender’s car at almost twice the 50km/h speed limit on the wrong side of the road, just two to three car lengths behind, “may have placed the fleeing driver under further pressure, leading him to take greater risks with his driving”.
In 2009, Sir David’s predecessor, Justice Lowell Goddard, produced a scathing critique of the pursuit policy, questioning “the value of pursuits that begin over driving offences such as speeding, careless driving or suspected drunk driving without observable, immediate threat to public safety”.
…and that’s the crux of this right? Having pumped up cops tailgating frightened kids in cars is madness which ends up in death and or terrible injuries.
So why do cops get away with this?
Because NZers love it when teens are killed in Police chases.
Years and years and years of indoctrination that the cops can do no wrong combined with a constantly negative view of teenagers equates to a culture who honestly argue that the teens somehow deserve death or serious injury because they ran off from the Police. We say ‘it serves them right, they should have pulled over’. We never ask, ‘why are cops with pitiful levels of chase driving training allowed to continue with chase policy that sees them kill more and more people’?
We never question the chase policy, only the spooked teens who run and we do that because as a culture we have all the maturity of cask wine when it comes putting aside petty hates for the bigger picture.
The science is clear. Frontal lobes in human beings aren’t fully developed until our mid 20s. That means young people react without being able to fully consider the ramifications of their actions. The are hard wired to react without thinking yet we have a policy that exacerbates this problem rather than take it into account.
The Police always claim that they stopped chasing by the time the accident occurs, but over and over and over again that turns out to be a lie. Once the ‘red mist’ comes over the chaser, they don’t hear the Coms department telling them to stop.
We should promote policy that protects civilians, our Police chase policy does the exact opposite ands we allow them to do it because we blame the fleeing teen driver not the pumped up cop.