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Double standards, no surprise.

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The impunity of the New Zealand Police from prosecution or even critical examination by the public becomes very clear when it is compared to the situation for the rest of us.

Today in Auckland, a two-week depositions will begin in order to decide if two men accused of the South Auckland murder of policeman Sergeant Don Wilkinson should stand trial for murder. This cop was shot with an air rifle in Mangere on September 11 while planting a tracking device on a vehicle outside a suspected illegal drugs lab in Mangere East. Both of the accused men appeared in a pre-depositions hearing in Manukau District Court on November 12 and they were remanded in custody.

Meanwhile, the public has heard little about the murder of Halatau Naitoko who was shot by the Armed Offenders Squad on the Auckland Motorway. On Friday 23 January, Halatau Naitoko - a 17 year old Pacific Island father - was shot in the chest by police who were in pursuit of an armed bag snatcher. The shooting took place on the North-Western motorway where the suspect attempted to switch get-away vehicles. Naitoko was driving a van, doing courier work.

Naitoko was shot with a fatal wound to the chest. The AOS reports that it does not ‘shot to wound’ as this would violate their rules of conduct. In other words, the AOS only shoots when they or other members of the public are being directly threatened and there is no other way to deal with the situation. So how do they explain shooting an unarmed man who clearly was no threat to anybody?

The AOS is a highly-trained unit with extensive weapons training. So the idea that they accidentally shot Naitoko is quite simply, ridiculous. These men showed up and with little information they took aim at the person they assumed was their ‘target’ – a young brown man. They looked at him through their sites and then they murdered him.

Will they stand trial? If history is anything to go by, it seems unlikely. The well known case of the murder of Steven Wallace for brandishing a golf club points only to more police impunity. The independent police conduct authority still has not released a report some NINE years later. Meanwhile, his family waits in vain for justice to be served.

The family of Halatau Naitoko will no doubt have a long wait for justice, too. Meanwhile, the filth will continue to terrorise communities, criminalise the poor and quite literally, get away with murder.

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The independent police complaints authority is currently re-investigating the murder of Stephen Wallace. We will see if they have enough backbone to make the call that should have been made years ago, to try Keith Abbot and his accomplice DCI Dombrowski for murder, and a whole bunch of their fellow cops with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

To do otherwise is to promote the state of despotism that currently exists with the unaccountable institution of the NZ Police.

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Because what the fuck is an arse-drunk cop doing playing with guns in the middle of the night while his workmates standby and say nothing?!

Grr.

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Tautoko

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"The family of Halatau Naitoko will no doubt have a long wait for justice, too. Meanwhile, the filth will continue to terrorise communities, criminalise the poor and quite literally, get away with murder."

So very true. And this is international. The state is the police. So therefore it is the state that kills poor people with guns and government policies.

If you are waiting fro justice it will be a very long time to wait.
As the song suggests "the 12th of never and that's a long long time".

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i'm disappointed with the brevity of this article. afterall, you guys at indymedia should know all about double standards

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Keith Abbot was the fire chief that had a fight with Stephen a few hours before he shot Stephen dead.

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How's that a double standard? Or do you want infomation piped into your BRAIN AS THEY FIND IT OUT?!

I remember the story of that cop getting shot mentioned /ages/ ago. And it's only /just/ come back up again. The kid who got blown away will get more air time, don't worry. You can still have your chance to sit down and jerk off to the police fucking up again. Maybe you should by a VCR and record it? That'd be way better than porn for you.

'OH YEAH NZ COPS! TAKE THAT! YOU GUYS ARE TOTALLY FUCKED! YEAH!'

Christ, Wah s'more.

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You know something, you cop loving system gnomes need to go start a 'we love cops' discussion forums somewhere. Im sure the chief officer in charge of police propaganda, Greg O'Connor would get you some funding to build it.

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You know what? You 'Down with the system' Government haters need to stop using the internets and go play in traffic.

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'Down with the system'
Now you're talking sense.
Down with the folks that brought you Depression No. 3 or 4 - I forget which one NZ is up to.

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Yeah, because you drug-smoking-chest-beating-slogan-chanting jobless bums are so much better, right?

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good thing I got deported, I would've taken up arms or started pig assassination squads by now,,,, after travelling the world I can assure kiwis thier pigs are some of the most corrupt scum on the earth. I have reassured the FBI here I will kill on sight any New Zealand Police I recognise here & call it self defense. they are not well liked by the yankee pigs either I find out.
imagine,, someone american cops can look down on.

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Sounds like you're just bitter you got snapped being a cockmongler and shipped off.