Disgust at police brutality against 13 year-old

Published: Tue 29 May 2018 01:16 PM
People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA) is appalled by the excessive use of force by police in arresting and restraining a 13-year old boy, who was riding a bike without a helmet.
In a video that has subsequently gone viral on social media, a police officer was filmed punching the child in the ribs, while another officer held the child down.
“This is yet another example of the New Zealand Police’s reckless disregard for the safety and well-being of the communities that it supposedly serves,” says PAPA spokesperson Emilie Rākete.
Rākete is disgusted but not surprised by this use of force against a child.
“The New Zealand Police has continued to demonstrate that it is not afraid to slam tackle, pepper spray, and use dogs against children.”
“This video shows yet another instance of police officers acting as nothing more than armed thugs.”
PAPA says the violence against the child is part of a broader trend of dangerous police behaviours. “There has been an increasing number of people being killed during police pursuits, as well as the high-profile murder of Jerrim Toms by police officers two months ago,” says Rākete.
“The blood of these people is on the hands of the New Zealand Police. The Police must be held accountable for its actions.”

Next in New Zealand politics

Gordon Campbell on the school climate strike
By: Gordon Campbell
Latest OIA statistics released
By: State Services Commission
New legal action taken against 'Hit and Run' inquiry
Mokihinui River catchment land to be added to Kahurangi
By: New Zealand Government
An Open Letter from the Youth of Aotearoa
By: SchoolStrike
We're striking and we're doing it right!
By: School strike 4 climate
Wairarapa college students will join international protest
By: Carys Gibbs
Christchurch students to join global Climate Strike
By: SchoolStrike
Climate change protest on school day divides MPs
Principals seek guidance over students climate strike
The Nation: National Party leader Simon Bridges
By: The Nation
Student climate change strike gets backing from Gov Minister
Gradual transition to sustainable agriculture key - O'Connor
By: BusinessDesk
Renewable power climbs in 2018 despite increased coal burn
By: BusinessDesk
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media