Surely public policy should hold public safety above all else, yet Police Chase Policy manages to have an open ended kill threshold – why is that?
It’s because we are a juvenile culture with all the maturity of a can of coke-cola.
We unquestioningly worship the Police in this country and I think it’s a cultural chip on our shoulder from our colonial settler forebears. Our settler Great-great-great-grandparents would nervously eye all those angry Māori youth gathering on the edges of their settlements and call in the mounted constabulary to bash the living Christ out of them cementing into place a culture of turning a blind eye to police abuse of power.
Yes we knew the Police were brutal but we were thankful they eliminated the uncomfortable threat our colonialism created, so when the once every couple of months debate of Police chase policy rears its ugly head, the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind immediately clamour to scream their support for the Police no matter what.
According to the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind, if we allow (like most other developed countries) to only chase people when serious threat is established then the criminals win, cats and dogs start living together and planes will fall from the sky.
Apparently Western Civilisation as we know it will come to an end.
Here are the facts. Anyone under the age of 25 does not have the full development of their frontal lobes meaning they can’t readily appreciate the consequences of their actions so when the sirens go on they panic and go into a flight or fight mode. Likewise the alpha male cops doing the chasing go into a ‘red mist’ mindset and just start hunting.
The claim that Police Coms takes over the chase is sophistry – example after example after example show Coms calls a chase off but pursuing Cops are too caught up in the adrenalin of the moment and don’t listen to commands to stop or call off a chase.
The amount of radio fault excuses held up by pursuing Police as the reason why they didn’t get the message from Coms to call off a chase is the real identifier of how pointless current policy is.
No other Government agency gets to kill members of the public with the speed and glee of the Police and we as a culture allow them to do that because NZers worship the cops.
The ever growing death toll of people killed by the Police pursuit policy and our inability to acknowledge the cops have got it wrong is our culture’s mass shooting public policy failure.
The only way any of this changes is the moment a police pursuit kills a bunch of middle class white teenagers, on that day the very mountains will shake and the Sun blotted from the sky as the demands that ‘something must be done’ explode throughout the land of the long white cloud because in NZ, it’s only when the white middle classes feel the effect of defective social policy that any reform occurs.