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Monday, January 29, 2007

PRISON BLOG 53


Human, all too human

The police say the constables who arrested an armed criminal are “heroes” – their actions are “heroic”. Don’t you just love the police? What other organization, what other people, so regularly describe themselves as heroes? A squad of heavily-armed and body-armoured police shoot someone and they are “heroes”? Then again what other organization so regularly insists on its own perfection regardless of the facts? The same organization that is given to claiming it has captured offenders who have in fact been, chased, tackled and detained entirely by civilians. The same organization that warns people not to protect themselves and prosecute even the most obvious case of necessary self-defense never fails… to astound us with the depth of their arrogance. Oh yes, you defend yourself, you are a menace, a terrible example and a criminal – they rampage in total overkill and they are heroes.

They are, of course we must never forget, the best, most honest, uncorrupt, model police force in the entire world… even after the Steven Wallace execution, the Gisbourne drug squad probe, the Arthur Allen Thomas fit-up, the Whangarei beatings, the Steven Wallace execution, the rapes (individual and group), the everyday casual perjury committed by officers, the Christchurch guy who had to call 111 to stop the police beating his girlfriend because she made the error of not being white, the routine “disappearance” of drug exhibits, the disappearance of evidence against police (like the officer who grabbed an incriminating cassette out of the security VCR and screwed up the tape right in front of witnesses) etc. etc. etc… and the are, of course, one and all heroes.

For so long the public have loved the Police, like a brother – a big brother. And the price of his sense of security was total trust. This was a trust borne however of a blind eye to the means by which his love was imposed. In the authoritarian regimes of New Zealand past, which were accepted uncritically by the population, the uniformed army was automatically respected and it’s fist secretly admired. In the atrophy of intergenerational sado-masochism worship, the general increase in crime from a less ordered society and the inability of a heavily centralized directed institution (that is still in essence an army of bullet-headed thugs directed by semi-educated time-servers), it was inevitable the gap between public perception and the reality of their shortcomings would be eventually plugged by media by media scrutiny. But it’s always amusing in this day and age to find police having to spin things because no one else will.

Thank heavens he had the guts to stop that guy going 11kmph over the limit, how bravely she hid behind the door of her police car while Constable Keith Abbot emptied the clip into the kid with a golf club, including one in the back, how ethical to only beat them when they aren’t: handcuffed… heroes one and all, every last one of them.

DON’T FORGET Tim’s Book and magazine collection for the Prison Library, please send your books and magazines to:
Tim Selwyn
Librarian/Unit 7
Hawkes Bay Prison
Private Bag 1600
Napier, NZ


Tim Selwyn (Editor of Tumeke!)
PRN 60477981
Hawkes Bay Prison
Currently appealing sedition conviction

16 Comments:

At 29/1/07 7:59 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 29/1/07 9:30 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plus you steal little dead kiddies' identification. Your moral high ground is distinctly lacking in altitude.

 
At 30/1/07 10:18 am, Blogger snigie said...

how dare you attack the police. they are awesome guys. they caught us with 9 oz's and charged us with 2! Thanks my homies!

 
At 30/1/07 12:46 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Snigie admits he is a drug dealer, how candid of him.

 
At 30/1/07 4:19 pm, Anonymous stinky said...

People in glass houses Timmy

 
At 31/1/07 3:57 pm, Anonymous ben stallworthy said...

'I'm a fraudster and I'm OK
I cheat all night and I steal all day
I'm a fraudster and I'm OK
I'm in jail now and I cry all day

The Tim Selwyn song.
Bonus points for guessing what the original tune is:

 
At 31/1/07 4:22 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice one ben...very apt for our little timmy boy!!

 
At 31/1/07 4:50 pm, Blogger bomber said...

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Ben - will you sing that song to Tims face the next time you are at his place for a BBQ?

 
At 31/1/07 4:57 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assuming it was Ben Stallworthy of course Bomber, not just someone who remembers you all at the Uni club 10 or so years back...

 
At 31/1/07 5:10 pm, Anonymous bomber said...

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wow that was the fastest backdown I've seen in ages

 
At 31/1/07 5:13 pm, Anonymous TJ said...

Or maybe it was...pay your money take your choice...

 
At 31/1/07 7:26 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

why was the first post edited?

Big Brother tactics being employed by the "blog administrator" methinks

Whatever happened to letting people make up their own minds?

 
At 1/2/07 7:24 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 1/2/07 5:00 pm, Blogger bomber said...

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Oh please girlfriend - you called Tim a cunt on his own site - you think I'm going to keep that on? I had no problem with what you had to say attacking what he wrote, that was fine, but you ruined it with calling him a cunt at the end, where are your manners? Repost all the issues you had with his post, but just don't call him a cunt - real simple, reverting back to Voltaire to defend your 'right' to call the blog owner of this site a cunt is about as desperate as it gets,

 
At 2/2/07 9:58 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ho-hum.

In a shootout between the police and a convicted murderer, and the people Tim finds fault with is the police.

You truly deserve to be in prison,...
...and I quote bomber here...

..."you called Tim a cunt"...

...yep.

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
-Voltaire

Hard words to swallow, but lets see if you can defend them with your death bomber.

That is the point of free speech, occasionally printing things you find distasteful.

Anyway, sticks and stones bomber, I am sure Tim has been called worse, and I don't think Tim would particularly care, but he probably would get annoyed at you censoring it.

 
At 5/2/07 8:59 am, Blogger peterquixote said...

the way I see it we have to influence and divert tim far away from the justice system and police as possible, and soon, so he strat again, well, with that word what desribed tim as having a doodle which is inverted and puffed up like a atrophy sado-macho doodle, i wonder if you could just censor the word not the whole message bobmber

 

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