If your only contribution to the tragedy playing out in front of us in America is, ‘but wait for the toxicology report’, you might want to sit this one out & think about what you are trying to defend here.
As the civilised world reels in shock at the latest malicious US police brutality, news that the armed police response teams were incompetently put together…
Documents obtained by Checkpoint have revealed numerous issues and a serious lack of consultation before the launch of the Police’s Armed Response Teams.
The trials were launched in Counties Manukau, Waikato and Canterbury, last year in response to the Christchurch mosque attacks.
But internal documents, obtained under the Official Information Act, detail numerous issues.
It comes after prominent Māori have been quick to condemn the police’s Armed Response Team [ART] trials.
The documents show a major risk identified by the working group overseeing the trial was that ARTs could be seen to disadvantage Māori.
…and ended up just pulling over people for traffic issues…
A trial of the country’s first armed police officers saw them used most often for traffic stops instead of armed offenders or serious crime.
The six-month trial of Armed Response Teams (ARTs) was launched by police last October, with former Police Commissioner Mike Bush saying they’d be focussed on crimes that caused “significant risk”.
But data obtained by Newshub Nation shows they largely did the work of normal police.
…this mission creep was exactly what TDB warned about when the cops embarked upon this madness.
Despite serious crime continually dropping, the NZ cops want more and more militarisation.
They asked for more search and surveillance powers to protect us, they got them and abused them.
They asked for tasers to stop lethal incidents with the public, that failed.
They used a convoluted process to grant themselves guns while promising it was only for dangerous incidents and that turns out to be a compete falsehood.
No political party is prepared to reign the police and their constant march for power in, last month they were caught running mass surveillance software with no one’s permission.
I’ve had the NZ Police abuse my rights, I know how threadbare the supposed legal checks and balances to our civil rights really are, at some stage some politicians has to stand up to the NZ Police or we face the type of ‘respect my authority’ policing of America.
We support a containment philosophy in NZ, in that the Police contains a situation and then talk people down, we don’t want armed teams because that changes the way the Police deal with us as citizens. We already see the danger in allowing Police pursuit policy become a means for Police to get away with high levels of death. let’s not add guns to that mix.
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