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

 


Taser recommendations must be taken seriously

Jacinda

ARDERN

Police Spokesperson

12 June 2014 MEDIA STATEMENT

Taser recommendations must be taken seriously

The police must take seriously the findings of a report into the excessive use of a Taser by a Whakatane police officer and act on them, Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.

“The Independent Police Complaints Authority found that while the officer in question used his OC spray appropriately when trying to detain someone who was resisting arrest, ‘the subsequent force was unjustified’.

“The camera attached to the Taser showed it was used on two occasions, something that that the IPCA found ‘amounted to an excessive use of force’. The IPCA subsequently recommended that Police take disciplinary action.

“While the Police have accepted the use of the Taser did not meet their standards they have claimed the process was dealt with at the time and have chosen not to revisit the issue or discipline the officer.

“That is a less than adequate response.

“The IPCA often takes some time to properly consider a case. To use the delay as an excuse for doing nothing is not good enough.

“Either the Government needs to ensure that the IPCA is able to complete cases in a more timely manner, or there needs to be some acknowledgement by the Police that employment matters will need to be revisited when a report such as this is released.

“Tasers were introduced amidst much controversy.

“The Police must ensure the public can have confidence that they are being used appropriately, and that action is being taken when they are not.”


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Mt Albert Aftermath

Personality politics – Jacinda is great! Jacinda is not so great! – have dominated the coverage of the Labour Party’s fortunes this week...

Still, this is a relatively new and welcome problem for the centre-left. Labour has seemed so bereft of crossover talent for so long that it seems almost embarrassed by this latest development. More>>

 

State Sector: Government To Apply Pay Equity Principles

Legal changes are not yet in effect but the State Services Commission, on behalf of the government, and the Council of Trade Unions on behalf of unions, have agreed to apply the principles to current pay equity claims. More>>

ALSO:

Throwing Stoners: English Blames Failed Drug Tests For Unemployment

Bill English’s diversionary tactic of condemning of a generation of Kiwi workers as a bunch of drug-takers cannot hide his government’s failure to create opportunities for decent work, says Labour’s Employment spokesperson Grant Robertson. More>>

ALSO:

Conservation: Central Govt Takes Over 1080 Regulation

“This new approach standardises the rules for using such poisons rather than the current system of different rules in different regions. This change will reduce costs and delays for operators, ensure consistent conditions throughout the country, reduce mistakes from misunderstanding rule differences and allow best practice approaches to be used." More>>

ALSO:

Election Entertainments: ACT Has Prison Plan, Greens Have Water Bill

Green Party launches Member’s Bill to protect our freshwater The Green Party has today launched a member’s bill that will keep water from underground sources, called aquifers, safe from pollution and contamination. More>>

ALSO:

2040 Target And Lower Standards: “Swimmable” Rivers Five Times More Likely To Make You Sick

Forest & Bird has condemned the government’s new water quality standards, warning New Zealanders that they lock in current levels of water pollution and allow for a 5-fold increase in the chance of getting sick from swimming in a river. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news