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Monday, April 02, 2012

Why NZ Police shouldn't have guns

I am against Police gaining more access to guns. Our Policing philosophy is containment, it's not gung-ho militarization of the cops, swat-teams-are-go type of policing. The issue is having well trained Police Officers leading any AOS call out and that other frontline police have access to guns in their cars, but more than that isn't a place we want to go to. My main fear about strapping guns onto cops and sending them out the door is that due to the piss poor training their receive, we'll get panicked cops reaching for the trigger first without justification.

The latest case of a young person being killed and the Police going on TV and lying about how many times he was shot should concern NZers...

Police teen shooting investigation nears end

A year on from the fatal police shooting of a teenager outside of Napier, police say they have almost wrapped up their investigation into the matter.

Lachan Kelly-Tumarae, 19, was shot after police said he fired a shotgun in Fernhill, about 18 kilometres south-west of Napier.

But his family are demanding answers after his clothes were returned with what they say seemed to be 13 bullet holes - seven in his trousers, five in his t-shirt and one in his shoe.

The officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Superintendent Andy Lovelock, has admitted he got his facts wrong during an interview on TV ONE's Close Up last night, and has spoken again to ONE News to set the record straight.


...oh and they also had to admit that Lachan didn't in fact fire shots at Police as was claimed at the time to justify the killing...

Lovelock has also admitted Tumarae had not fired at police before he was shot, but said he was armed with a shotgun and had threatened the officers.

...right, so he didn't shoot first and he was shoot more times than the Police are pretending.

I say this 'should' cause concern, but I doubt it will. The cop worship authority complex we have in this country that sees any action by Police on par with God himself is so entrenched in our country that even when other Police Officers eye witness abuse by other cops, our sheeple juries always let basher cops walk...

Police officer found not guilty of assaulting man

A Rotorua police officer has been found not guilty of seriously assaulting a man but his future with the police force is still to be determined.

Constable David Mear had been on trial in the Rotorua District Court after pleading not guilty to wounding a man with intent to injure and assaulting him with a police torch.

During the trial, the jury was told that at about 3am on August 28, 2010, Harley Collier was stopped by police after a high-speed vehicle pursuit.

Another officer gave evidence of seeing Mr Mear hit Mr Collier with a torch and putting his face on the ground, resulting in a fractured left eye socket and a cut to the head.


...it seems the only way a cop goes down is if they are off duty cops who foolishly beat the shit out of a Detectives son, then you get nailed.

Even when a person is killed while fleeing a Police bashing, NZ juries love a cop. In the horrific George Tipene Harris killing, two Police Officers gave evidence against a third off duty cop illegally beating Harris in the back of a squad car that Harris fled. While Harris fled, he was hit and killed by a street sweeper.

Our mainstream media is so uncritical when it comes to the Police that even when the culture of sado-masochistic pack rapes inside the Police force were uncovered during the Louise Nicholas, the mainstream media were quick to claim this was a case of just a few bad apples.

An interesting test of how culturally entrenched our unblinking cop worship has become was in the search and surveillance bill. When questioned why the Police needed these draconian spy powers, sleepy hobbits on talkback brainlessly answered 'If you don't have anything to hide you won't care' - when however questioned why 70 other Government agencies should have the power to spy, the reaction was far more 'bloody Gummint get lost'.

We aren't prepared to the let the Government break into our homes and plant spy cameras, but want to roll out the welcome mate for the Police?

My only hope is the next IPCA report on the so called Urewera terror case. My understanding is that the report is deeply critical and damning of the NZ police. Could we finally get a check and balance to hold the Police to account? Let's hope so.

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2 Comments:

At 8/4/12 2:23 am, Blogger Richard Christie said...

The following is example of we shouldn't arm police in NZ, warning, this (lengthy) story is truly stomach turning:

Democracy Now

Amy Goodman on Cop in Fatal Shooting of Ex-Marine Kenneth Chamberlain
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http://www.democracynow.org/2012/4/5/exclusive_cop_in_fatal_shooting_of

 
At 14/8/12 8:16 pm, Blogger shea said...

Hi

Tks very much for post:

I like it and hope that you continue posting.

Let me show other source that may be good for community.

Source: Police officer interview questions

Best rgs
David

 

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