Well, well, well. What do we have here...
New claims in Kawhia cop bashing
A relative of a man accused of beating Kawhia cop Perry Griffin says the constable used unnecessary force trying to arrest his attacker, and claims video footage contradicts a police version of events.
The man - who witnessed Friday evening's alleged attack and is also facing charges in relation to the incident - said the accused, Jackie Maikuku, had been drinking with friends on Kawhia wharf when he was spotted by an off-duty Constable Griffin.
The man had promised to release footage from the video but backtracked after talking to his lawyer. He said the video would be provided to the court as evidence. He did release still images.
...isn't 24 hours a long time in the news cycle? Yesterday it was a tale of a poor local cop being beaten by a mad max society out of control with the only answer being to arm the Police (while ignoring that the cop had a gun and that it was turned against him).
The NZ Police can ALWAYS count on the mainstream media to immediately adopt Police spin from the outset. Whatever story paints the Police in the best possible most uncritical light is always the first spat out by a compliant media more concerned with keeping their contacts with the Police safe than telling the truth. The difference now is that with every cell phone doubling as a video camera the cops can be seen in all their unflattering glory.
The lesson as learned by the young driver who recorded a Police Officer abusing him is clear, if you are involved in any encounter with the Police, immediately start recording the event because you can be assured the Police will lie through their teeth and your recording will be the only reliable witness.
So let's remind ourselves what happened here again?
Remember the terrible tale of woe the media spun for us yesterday? A poor solo cop trying to arrest a man mountain who was exposing himself in public? Oh the horror, oh the humanity.
Now of course we get a very different version don't we? An off duty cop spotting someone being chased for traffic violations. Isn't it interesting that the locals didn't step into help after the cop unloaded 2 cans of pepper spray into the face of Jackie Maikuku? They decided it was the cop who was being the aggressor and didn't step into help because he's the one being the problem, not Jackie Maikuku.
Isn't this another example of poor policing and it's not the first one we've seen recently is it? Remember the outcry from the Christmas Day punch up in Dargaville?
After all the talkhate radio knee jerks screaming to arm the Police, it turned out that in the Dargaville case, the Police under orders from the Exclusive Brethren had inanely decided to arrest one teenager on private property for some billboard vandalism. The crowd was clearly unhappy with this decision and lack of any actual evidence to justify an arrest and in a panic the cops opened fire with pepper spray, accidentally spraying a 9 year old full in the face. It was only then that the crowd turned on the cops and beat the snot out of them. Likewise in the Kawhia case we now see a very different version of events that went from the claim a youth was exposing himself in public to an off duty cop wanting to arrest someone for bloody traffic violations.
How the hell have we got to a place where we actively want the Police to draw glocks for fucking traffic violations?
Using the Fire Service as back up thugs is a disgrace.
In a democracy, the Police rule with our agreement, citizens won't step into help cops if they judge the Police as being the problem. This is a judgement issue and evidence of an arrogance that won't ever be solved by giving them more bloody guns.
But of course, we can all rely on the mainstream media to never have that debate.