Cops and Hammers
Alt Tv/Fleet FM Breakfast News Comment
Cops and Hammers
So we have different versions of events, one kid says the guy was charging, two others say he wasn’t – the cops are investigating cops in a secret none transparent system, and the Police Association has their cheerleaders out demanding the Public support the cops – really Greg, you demand the public support our cops? You’ve picked the wrong year to demand loyalty bub, and the way the Police have managed to twist this into a reason why cops need tasers, and go as far as to point the finger at ‘comfortable people in Auckland’ who have opposed cops getting tasers is astonishing for it’s shallowness. Why would we allow the cops more weapons when there isn’t an independent system in place to protect our rights if the cops over step their powers.
One also has to look at the culture in these insular little worlds – 24 hours earlier staff in this Police area were e-mailing out a group emails showing a man knifed and the words, “If you have a knife you deserved to be shot” – 24 hours later a cop shoots someone with a hammer who may or may not have been advancing on him. One also has to ask why not a baton, pepper spray or calling in dogs? Of course at the end of the day, I wasn’t the guy being advanced on, if it was me, I’d probably freak out a little and pull a trigger too, but there’s a difference between me and a cop – I’M NOT A COP, I haven’t been trained or taught what to do, how to handle stressful and violent situations, the cops have – or have they? My biggest problem with cops has always been the pitiful amount of time it takes to be a cop 19 weeks IS NOT an appropriate amount of time to be trained as a cop, and one has to wonder if that had some part to play in this tragedy. We do expect more from our cops, we don’t want to live in a country where people get shot for smashing up cars for crying out loud.