Hey everyone, not to worry, apparently the Police falsified a checkpoint and intimidated activists at home illegally using their details from the false checkpoint because the Police believed they were acting in good faith.
Well thank Christ for that eh?
As TDB noted yesterday, this obscene abuse of power is actually a flexing of new Police muscle with the cops trying out new pro-active policing against activist groups.
So will the media buy this absurd claim that the Police were just acting on good faith and that this wasn’t a training exercise?
For this spin to work the NZ media need to believe that the Police just woke up one morning and said to themselves, ‘Hey, let’s set up an illegal checkpoint and scam the activists into giving us their details so we can turn up on their door later and intimidate them’.
How did any Police Officer think this was an appropriate thing to do?
If this was just ‘acting in good faith’ how many other times have the Police used this tactic?
Why didn’t Police Chiefs ensure what they were about to embark upon was legal?
How come no alarm bells went off in Head Office when this was being reviewed?
For us to believe that this was ‘good faith’ we need to believe that one day the cops just woke up and decided to use an incredibly controversial abuse of Police powers without anyone questioning it.
This wasn’t good faith, this was the Police trying on their new search and surveillance powers against an activist group with no real voice so that they know how to use them when targeting protest groups like anti-TPPA, Greenpeace, Amnesty International etc etc.
Who will put these dogs back on their leash?