Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


Scoop Feedback: Wallace Case

My congratulations on your article following this travesty of justice. I am no radical socialist, bleeding heart liberal, or Maori activist. I am a WASP, middle class, good income, good education, middle aged regular citizen living on Auckland's North shore. The sort one may expect to say that maybe society was done a favour by this killing. In the long term Wallace may have cost us more than he contributed. But we cannot know that for sure. And in my mind he did not need to be deliberately killed.

I take issue with you only in some areas. I do not think that this was a case of a small town prejudice. I believe it was a blatant case of "you cannot beat the Establishment". The System could not allow the Police Complaints Authority to be proved wrong, to be shown up as a sham, to be proved to have been protecting their own. So it closed ranks. This trial was deliberately set to go before these two JP's, knowing that if it reached the High Court it would be massively more difficult to bend or coerce the Judge or find a way to get it dismissed.

I suspect that these JP's came under significant pressure from the System, and this decision was "suggested" to them, possibly without them even understanding its real ramifications, or what we are now hearing, its faults or even possibly illegality.

Abbot proved that he was a good marksman by putting a bullet into first one arm and then the other. How much easier to hit a leg then! No way did he need to be killed. Even ignoring all the other issues, procedures not followed, waiting for backup, waiting for the dog, keeping back in face of a disturbed offender so as not to provoke him, negotiating from a distance, so on and so on.

With one broken arm and one wounded, even given that he was now provoked beyond all reason, what real power could Wallace have had left to wield that bat? How much longer before the shock of those first two bullets would have brought him to his knees? Once brought down, what possible reason was there to deny him any help to stop the bleeding? The subsequent Coroners verdict that the wound was fatal does not change that. If it had not been he would probably have died anyway.

I believe that Abbot was guilty of the charges brought against him, and I mourn the death of true justice in New Zealand.

Hugger Auckland


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>

ALSO:

Buildup:

Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>

ALSO:

Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>

ALSO:


Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news