Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Police Damned If They Do – Damned If They Don’t

Media Release

5 June 2002

Police Damned If They Do – Damned If They Don’t

“The announcement by Chief Justice Sian Elias that she has reserved her decision on the Wallace Shooting will be of no comfort to Police men and women or their families” said New Zealand First Law and Order Spokesman, Ron Mark.

“Last week Police were criticised in Whakatane for not intervening when warring gangs clashed whilst this week we continue to debate the rights and wrongs of Constable A’s actions in Waitara two years ago.“

“I find it curious that the Judiciary can take years sitting in leather seats in the comfort of air conditioned offices passing judgement on Constable A who only had seconds to react.”

“If the Police men and women of this nation are to go about their work with confidence then we, the people of NZ, and that includes the Judiciary, must express our confidence and support in them. To not do so will leave them in the current position where they feel they are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.”

“ I look forward to a sensible and just outcome in these protracted deliberations” concluded Ron Mark.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news