Police love to fry Maori and Pacific Islanders
Maori, Islanders high in stun-gun statistics
Fears police would use Tasers disportionately on Maori and Pacific Islanders have been realised, say the Mana Party and the Greens as police numbers show almost 60 per cent of people tasered in the past year were of those ethnicities.
Exactly as Mana and Greens predicted, the NZ Police can't move fast enough to taser when the target is brown. Tasers are not supposed to be used to enforce control, they can only be used if a weapon has been pulled, compliance is not a justification for using a taser, and the speed with which Police use tasers to control the mentally ill demands an inquiry.
The new Police Commissioner announced in April that the restrictions placed on Tasers have now been lifted so that any clown within the Police force, (maybe one who was attracted by the Police recruitment arsehole advert where a young recruit repaints the carpark lines so that no one could open their door), ANY clown within the Police can now taser any member of the public, especially if they are brown.
Tasers were only available to 26% of frontline cars and an officer had to gain permission via the communications centre to use them, NOW, tasers will be available to all and no permission sought. Excellent, ill trained cops with tasers.
We know the damage ill trained cops with guns can cause. Ask the family of Halatau Naitoko who was gunned down by ill trained Police. Wasn't the report hilarious? Cops just opening fire in public like it's a fucking playstation game - of course Police need the tools to police, but ill trained cops running around with weapons isn't a policing policy is it? It's a recipe for disaster, ask the family of Halatau Naitoko.
The reality is that nothing will change until a middle class white kid get's the same treatment, then watch how quickly Judith Collins will move to investigate. While the police are led by a tough on crime cheerleader like Crusher, the same targets of Police racism and profiling will always be the victim of tasering while a compliant Independent Police Complaints Authority will do what their told.
I wonder if the Police who outrageously arrested Tiki Taane for singing 'Fuck the Police' would have tasered him if they had a taser available when they bullied him into an arrest?
Fried pork never tasted so bitter.