Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Stabbing incident does not justify Taser trial

Campaign Against the Taser
P.O. Box 10230
Dominion Road


December 8 2006

Media release

Stabbing incident does not justify Taser trial

While expressing deep concern over the stabbing of a police officer with a screwdriver on Thursday night, the Campaign Against the Taser today emphasised that it does not justify the Taser trial.

In a prior incident, police had drawn a Taser on a man fleeing a burglary with a screwdriver. The Campaign Against the Taser had asked whether the man in this incident, who was running away from a house he had broken into, could have been considered a direct physical threat to anyone, or ‘assaultive’.

“The question was not whether it is possible for a screwdriver to cause harm. Of course it is possible for a screwdriver to cause harm,” Bronwen Summers, acting spokesperson for Campaign Against the Taser, said. “Many objects can become weapons. Fists can also cause harm. It is the behaviour of the person in question that turns an object into a weapon. This is the important distinction to be made, and this is the question we asked at that time. It is the only question that makes sense: would you suggest that the police attack everyone holding screwdrivers, just because they have the potential to cause damage?”

Bronwen Summers also referred to police statistics that show an overall decline in the number of assaults involving weapons of any kind, including firearms and stabbing or cutting weapons from 97 in 1996/97 to 84 over the last year.

Bronwen Summers emphasised the need for clarity in the aftermath of Thursday night’s stabbing. ‘We wish the officers involved a speedy recovery and we encourage all reasonable measures to be taken to prevent such attacks in future. But the drama of the incident should not become a justification for the Taser trial. The trial needs to be halted until there is an independent inquiry, and until we know more about the Taser from experience overseas,” she said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Politics Of Why We’re Not Getting An Inquiry Into The White Island Disaster

The Ardern government has made an art form out of reviews and inquiries- when to hold them, when to fold them, and when to shelve the findings, virtually untouched. Among other things, the WorkSafe criminal proceedings into the Whakaari /White Island disaster look like the outcome of a conscious political strategy. The government is choosing this route instead holding a proper inquiry, because it can conveniently narrow the focus only to (a) the events prior to the eruption and (b) solely to possible violations of our labour laws... More>>


UN SDG: A Greener, Cleaner, Brighter Future

'The world has a high fever and is burning up. Climate disruption is daily news – from devastating wildfires to record floods. The damage to people and the environment is immense and growing.' - UN Secretary-General António Guterres ... More>>


Carbon Neutral Policy: Gov Declares Climate Emergency

The Government has launched a major new initiative to combat climate change that will require the public sector to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025. More>>


Pill Testing: Govt Moves On Drug Checking To Keep Young New Zealanders Safer This Summer

The Government will pass time limited legislation to give legal certainty to drug checking services, so they can carry out their work to keep New Zealanders safer this summer at festivals without fear of prosecution, Health Minister Andrew Little ... More>>


Tax: Government Fulfils Election Undertaking On New Top Tax Rate

The Government will today keep its election promise to put in place a new top tax rate of 39 per cent on income earned over $180,000. More>>


Media: Stuff Holds Itself Accountable For Wrongs To Māori

Stuff has today published the results of an investigation into itself, and issued a public apology, for the way the media organisation has portrayed Māori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand, from its first editions to now. Tā Mātou Pono | More>>


Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels