It’s an all too familiar story in New Zealand.
A child is injured or killed in his home. Too many family members are present in the home for someone not to know something.
Yet nobody tells the police anything.
The case drags on, information withheld, the community and authorities becoming increasingly frustrated.
Anger has reached boiling point in Flaxmere with many people taking to social media to abuse a family.
In January, police found a 4-year-old boy on Ramsey Cres with injuries covering his entire body. He also suffered a head injury that had caused significant brain damage.
If the boy, who is currently at Auckland’s Starship Hospital, survives, he is expected to be disabled.
Detective Inspector Mike Foster later described the boy’s injuries as among the most severe he has seen in his 30 years of policing.
At the time he was injured, the boy was being cared for by his extended family, with other children also present.
But despite the many potential witnesses, police still do not know what happened to the boy.
On Wednesday, during an interview on RNZ’s Morning Report, Foster let his frustration show.
“We’re speaking with the family, there’s a lot there that we know we’re not being told because this child had some very obvious injuries and we simply don’t know how that happened.
“We’ve spoken with them (the child’s parents), it’s the information that’s crucial to us that we don’t believe we’re getting.”
We should all be angry.
Another beautiful little child beaten by those who should have protected him.
It is beyond the capacity of most of us to even raise our hand to a child, let along conduct a beating so severe it shocks the Police.
What kind of animal would abuse another human being in this manner? Let alone a child?
We all want justice for this little boy, we all need to know that the person or persons who conducted such violence are punished and removed from the possibility of doing this again.
To feel otherwise would be not human.
We must temper such anger with a deep respect for civil rights.
It is disgraceful that family members are not being honest with the Police, it is disgusting that they would protect the family member or members who committed this terrible crime, but good Policing is required here, not the sudden erosion of your legal right to silence.
I was always deeply skeptical of the SFO gaining the power to compel evidence, we were sold this power as a necessity we were told to stop terrorists and organised crime from using financial trusts to hide criminality.
Watch the ease with which the Police Association reference that SFO power and immediately leverage it as a reason to erode one of the fundamental legal protections we have…
The right to silence has been a long and important part of the country’s legal and justice system but there were exceptions to it in Serious Fraud Office cases, he said.
“Why would you not consider exceptions for serious violence, sexual offending or murder offences possibly which we would argue could be more serious in relation to outcomes for victims?”
…The unblinking eye of the Police State is always on the look out for a new way to erode civil liberties. Using our anger at the stonewalling tactics of family who are involved in an egregious crime against a child to suggest eroding one of the most important legal rights we have should be seen for the contemptuous manipulation it is.
Please don’t allow another badly beaten brown child to become a knee jerk against civil rights. We all lose when we erode our civil rights, no matter the justification.