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ACT: PM Should Apologise to Police -Shirley

The Prime Minister should apologise to police for the outlandish claims she made following the Waitara shooting incident in April, ACT Deputy Leader and Police spokesman Ken Shirley said today.

The official investigation into the death of Steven Wallace has found that the police officer who shot Wallace, acted lawfully.

“Immediately after the incident on April 30, the Prime Minister, Helen Clark, acted precipitously, overrode her Police Minister, accusing the police in Taranaki of racism,” Mr Shirley said.

He said a” wise Prime Minister” would have waited until the full investigation into that tragedy was completed before “shooting from the lip.”

Mr Shirley said Ms Clark’s actions were the same as her handling of “Dovergate.”

“The Government is crowing about the passing of the Employment Relations Act of which a corner stone is the clause about dealing with people in good faith. Apparently that does not apply to our police staff,” Mr Shirley said.

“It is outrageous that the Prime Minister should have made such claims, and in light of the findings of the extensive investigation into the Waitara incident, she should immediately and formally, apologise to the police,” he said.

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