Police have no idea how many photographs of Māori youth are stored in their intelligence database, but continue to insist officers are not racially profiling them.
Comrades, we go down a rabbit hole here if we start framing this as ‘it’s racial profiling’ because then the bloody debate becomes ‘is it racial profiling, or is it not racial profiling’ and that completely allows the cops off the hook here!
It is fucking unacceptable no matter if the kid is white, brown, black, yellow, red or purple! It’s not the race profiling here, it’s that it is happening at all!
Cops use 14-16 year olds as part of an informal intelligence net that breaches all legal responsibilities to protect teenagers from police power!!!!!!
Yes a cop can take a photo in public, any member of the public can do that, but that isn’t what is happening here – cops are engaging with teenagers without informing them of their rights, without policing in their interests and without any legal protections for the kid like a Child services office or an adult guardian!!!!
This is a grotesque abuse of power on par with the Stasi tactics the cops used to take DNA samples from teenagers over a decade ago…
More allegations have emerged of the use of police intimidation to obtain voluntary DNA samples, involving a Pacific Island woman and a Pakeha high school student.
Both people are considering a complaint with the Independent Police Conduct Authority. They follow statements this week from Maori Party MP Hone Harawira, who attacked police for allegedly targeting Maori youths for DNA profiling.
Mr Harawira has been talking to six or seven families and youths about laying complaints with the Independent Police Conduct Authority, involving 15- to 17-year-olds being pressured into giving a DNA sample.
Yesterday a 24-year-old Pacific Island woman, who did not want to be named, told the Herald she had been pressured into giving a sample at Auckland Central police station earlier this month.
…I’m betting that Police are still manipulating those DNA rules!
What the cops are doing here by photographing and interrogating kids for intelligence is NOT policing by consent, it is policing by acquiescence.
The Police are purposely manipulating the grey zone of interrogating and photographing teens by abusing the trust the Community gives them to police us.
How are we ok with Police abusing power as nakedly as this? Because it descends into an argument over ‘is it or is it not racist’ which always lets the cops off the hook!
Folks, comrades, brothers and sisters, the bloody cops shouldn’t interrogate kids of any race!
Let’s not even play the race game here, teenagers require legal protections as a matter of civic rights, REGARDLESS of their race!
This informal policy by Police must be immediately amended! Teenagers must be informed of their legal rights the exact same way Adults are! MORE SO because they are teenagers!
Kids need extra rights, not less!
How in Gods name have we allowed this situation to eventuate?
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