1Law4All (Or Only the majority?)
In case you missed it, from TVNZ One News.
‘One Law For All New Zealanders’ – Anger Over Police Moves Not To Fine Unlicensed Maori
(17 June, 2015)
Unlicensed Maori drivers caught behind the wheel in South Auckland are getting the chance to avoid a $400 fine. Documents leaked to ONE News spelled out that all Maori drivers caught without a licence or in breach of their conditions are to be referred for training and not given a ticket.
We then refer them to the panel and the panel looks at a whole range of issues that’s caused that person to drive without a licence or why that person hasn’t had a licence, and then provides some support, says Superintendent Wally Haumaha of Police National HQ.
Counties Manukau Police Deny Guideline Is Race Based (17 June 2015)
Suggestions that part-Maori are getting preferential treatment when caught driving unlicensed are misleading, commissioner of police Mike Bush has said. However he acknowledged the guidelines document advising Counties Manukau police on how to deal with any part-Maori caught driving without a license could have been worded better.
As the slow-motion train wreck continued and the potato got too hot, some oblique, double-talking Ministerial intervention:
Race-Based Police Policy To Be Changed (17 June 2015)
Police Commissioner Mike Bush has given Police Minister Michael Woodhouse an assurance that there was no intention by Counties-Manukau police to run a raced-based policy of not ticketing unlicensed part-Maori drivers after the Minister had expressed concern to Mr Bush following a TVNZ news item. I received an assurance from him that that was not the intent of the policy and the policy will be amended to make that clear.
Police Minister Pulls Plug On One Racist Policy. Now What About The Rest of The Racist Policies? (18 June 2015)
The minister said police were able to exercise discretion over transport offences.
But I do not condone any policy that has the effect or the appearance of, treating one race differently from another.
Appearances? Yeah, right!
Some police have been running a system called conditional pre-charge warnings. It applies to part-Maori who are arrested for an offence punishable by less than 2 years jail. That includes theft, assault, wilful damage, etc. It is not limited to first time offenders, including any hard core, repeat offenders. So what happens?
They are referred to a local Iwi or trust where they are dealt with in some way out of the reach of the crime statisticians. Of course, all this is paid for by the taxpayer and the miscreants never enter the court system. That helps give the false impression that the part-Maori crime rate is falling.
– excerpted from WhaleOil Blog by Cameron Slater