Police under scrutiny after successive shootings

Newstalk ZB Staff ,
Publish Date
Friday, 15 July 2016, 5:21AM
Police actions are under scrutiny following two shootings this week (Getty Images)

UPDATED 6.47am: Police actions are under scrutiny following two shootings this week.

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A man was shot twice in the stomach by police in Rotorua yesterday, after he was pepper sprayed and tasered three times to no effect.

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He's in a critical condition after undergoing surgery.

On Tuesday night, a man was shot dead in Hamilton after a police raid on a premises in an ongoing investigation into methamphetamine and arms.

Bay of Plenty District Commander Superintendent Andy McGregor said yesterday's incident happened after the man refused to drop a weapon after repeated requests.

"Police have now launched an investigation into the circumstances leading up to the man being shot."

"As a standard practice, Police have notified the Independent Police Complaints Authority of the incident."

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The Police Association believe ill-informed observers are making all sorts of commentary about police on social media.

Some are comparing yesterday's police shooting in Rotorua, to what's going on in the United States.

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Union President Greg O’Connor said they should be focusing on is the real issue.

"And it's not a comparison with the US - it's not body cameras. It's why young men are out of control on methamphetamine, and why methamphetamine use and availability has become such an issue."


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