An innocent man who was mistakenly arrested and held at gunpoint by police says he is traumatised and has not been offered any apology or help.
Brandon Moase said he and his friend were ordered to their knees by police yesterday in a street in West Auckland, handcuffed with guns pointed at them, before being released 15 minutes later after police admitted they’d got the wrong people.
Police said during their search they found Moase and his friend and thought they were connected.
“Further enquiries determined they were not involved and they were subsequently released. Police apologised to the two men. Victim support referrals were also made,” the police spokesperson said.
JUSTIFCATION FOR UNLAWFUL DETENTION, ASSAULT BY POLICE, THREATENING TO SHOOT & HUMILIATION? MISTAKEN IDENTITY.
“Police needed to act quickly in order to keep the community safe as this was a fast-moving and high-risk situation,” said a police spokesperson.
Not the first time Police shot the wrong person – by MISTAKE.
Courier driver accidentally shot by police.
“The killing of an innocent man by armed police during a confrontation with an armed man in Auckland yesterday was a tragedy, but police were given very little choice about their actions, the Police Association says.”
FAST & FURIOUS policing was the mantra under previous police commissioners.
But not all cops – under previous commissioners – shot from the hip. Watch this 4 minute and decide yourself.
In my view; Commissioner Coster has been a breath of intelligence and moderation in the delivery of NZ policing. But old habits die hard. He now needs to act, fast & furious.
Meanwhile, the IPCA will look into this.
The IPCA is not a Court – it was a body set up to monitor police behaviour and in particular, to ensure all evidence pertaining to cases, was presented to proper Courts. I know. I was one of the first inspectors assigned to the IPCA in 1986.
Overtime, the IPCA has usurped the role of our courts. Courts are where culpability for killing a person, should be determined. That is, a proper Court of law, open to public scrutiny and where witnesses may be cross-examine by competent counsel on both sides of any case which is before such a court.
No more back room justice for the establishment.
Perhaps the country needs a Judges’ son – to be SHOT BY MISTAKE – before our Judiciary at the highest level say: ENOUGH.
Ross Meurant, graduate in politics both at university and as Member of Parliament; formerly police inspector in charge of Auckland police spies; currently Honorary consul for an African state; Trustee and CEO of Russian owned commercial assets in NZ and has international business interests.