Just consider this for a moment…
It is a typical, wet Greymouth evening. A woman’s scream breaks the night. Lights burst on in the house and a man comes sprinting out. The garage door is smashed off its hinges but he squeezes through a space in the wall.
A young woman is frantically trying to lift a young man, her ex-boyfriend. Peter, his flatmate, rushes to help. The young man, Caleb, collapses to the ground, gasping for breath. Peter slaps him on the back, checks he’s OK.
Sirens are wailing in the distance. The young man is blue but breathing, the police report later reads. Only Peter remembers to call Caleb’s family.
Meanwhile, the police have undertaken a search under the Search and Surveillance Act They’ve found two cannabis plants in the backyard. Caleb, pictured right, quickly confesses.
…remember the Search & Surveillance Act folks? Remember how that was supposed to be used against terrorists who were threatening the country with immediate violence? Are you shocked the cops are invoking it on vulnerable suicide victims to score easy busts?
How the hell does arresting a suicide victim help that person? How cruel have we become under 9 years of National that arresting suicide victims is even considered a positive step forward?
People who have attempted suicide need help, they need healing, they need compassion. What they don’t need is to be arrested by the bloody Police!
Who have we become in just under a decade? The values of this country when dealing with the most vulnerable amongst us is sickening.