A policeman called Bruce stood in front of the Paeroa police station and gave a seven minute stand up press conference at 1pm yesterday. He told the reporters that three police – flak jackets on and firearms at the ready – pulled up in a police car at an address in Karangahake. He said they were responding to an emergency call of a domestic nature and had formulated a plan of sorts, knew the suspected offender was a local ratbag prone to making threats. Threats mind you, not assaults, is this guy’s MO.
He said the police officers feared for their lives from the machete-wielding, sickle-wielding 57 year old outside the house. He said this man attacked them and they feared for their lives so they shot him, dead. Were the officers cut or hurt asked the reporters. No he said. Was anyone at the address injured? No. The attacker was close though, ‘very close’ to police. He said the cops were on ‘a real emotional rollercoaster there, at this stage here we haven’t been able to speak to them.’ So the killers haven’t been spoken to after four hours but somehow he knows all this information concerning what they did and why they did it. So the police were attacked but there are no injuries. A taser ‘was available’ but could not be deployed. What incredible nonsense.
The reporters made a poor effort it must be observed, letting him avoid the questions posed, failing to follow up and re-asking questions already answered. Here we go again: police kill, police begin their cover-up by refusing to disclose the facts so as to mislead, the media don’t ask probing questions and repeat the police version, oafish thugs like Duncan Garner are on corporate media spouting presumptions and prejudice to justify the killing, the police drip feed while stories circulate about how bad the victim was – this is how it begins. Then the police stop the coroner from reporting because they drag on their pseudo investigation and the notoriously conflicted so-called Independent Police Conduct Authority can’t finish their investigation until the coroner finishes their one and so the police can grind the process of justice to a halt for months and months while the heat goes off. This is how cops get away with murder in this country, how they defeat the course of justice. This is what they are doing with the killing of a Slovakian man in Myers Park, Auckland in August last year in which the police refused to admit he was unarmed for over a month and insisted that his being killed in a hail of police bullets was a self-inflicted form of suicide – and almost a year later still no IPCA report. There is barely a single IPCA report released less than a year after the incident. The mislead and delay game is what is happening now.
Just before 9pm (yesterday, Friday the day it occured) I find a Stuff report quoting the victim’s partner, the one who made the emergency call, the one who stood with her 14 year old daughter and witnessed the killing. She says he was armed with a machete and sickle which he threw at the police car, smashing a window, and then turned back – unarmed – when he was shot by two police officers standing firing from open doors on the other side of the car. No wonder Bruce was evasive about the nature of the ‘attack’. If he admitted the cops were attacked this way by the victim then he must have been unarmed at the time. Oh dear.
So I listen to Radio Live, each bulletin, 9, 10, 11 no news on this – just the rolling propaganda mill of repeating the police line and running what Bruce had to say. So I ring up – which I have only done once before – and put them straight, ask why they havent put this news on even though the host, Karen Hay, had read part of the Stuff report just after 9. But still nothing at 12, or at 1. The pre-recorded whitewash just loops onwards with more time spent on new body armour for police dogs than on how they killed someone. The Newshub website had totally buried the story too.
The media are why cops can get away with murder, the politicians are why, the rednecks are why, the disinterested complacent lefties are why, the flakey airheads who like cats more than people are why, the booffhead rugby troglodytes focused on All Black groin strains are why. The NZ Police are getting away with murder right before our eyes. What can we do about it?