Kerre McIvor: Police should be left to do their job - and that includes pursuits

Author
Kerre McIvor,
Publish Date
Fri, 16 Oct 2020, 1:08PM
(Photo / NZ Herald)
(Photo / NZ Herald)

Kerre McIvor: Police should be left to do their job - and that includes pursuits

Author
Kerre McIvor,
Publish Date
Fri, 16 Oct 2020, 1:08PM

Seriously, why would you be a police officer?  You're damned if you do, damned if you don't. 

An Independent Police Conduct Authority report has slammed police who pursued a car load of teenagers, a car that ultimately ended up crashing into and killing a Christchurch man who was driving to work. 

The IPCA says the officers should not have started the pursuit and they should have abandoned the pursuit on multiple occasions. 

Now the Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft says police should stop pursuing young drivers because the stakes are just too high.  Becroft says police policy should be changed to ensure no chases if police suspected a driver was under 18 because young brains hadn't developed enough to allow them to fully assess risks.  Unless it was a case of homicide or the risk of a very grave event. 

Well, what do you call a car full of tanked up young men in a speeding car? If allowing them to speed through city streets is not risking a very grave event I don't know what is. 

These are the odious little oiks who posted videos of themselves on social media and talked about the pigs being outside the drivers room. 

Becroft talks about these young men as if they have some merit or value in society - they don't.  They clearly don't.  I'm with the police all the way on this one. 

Leave them to do their job.  If they believe a car full of speeding teenagers poses a risk to society, I'm with them. 

The widower of the man who was killed Owen Fraser told Chris Lynch yesterday that he doesn't support the IPCA report.  He says the police weren't in the wrong.  It was the driver who wouldn't stop who is in the wrong. 

And he's 100 per cent correct.  The only person to blame for the crash was the driver who refused to stop. 

And do you know what 17 year old Jayden Richard Breakwell received as punishment for taking a life, for committing manslaughter and reckless driving causing injury?  A sentence of two years and eight months.  He'll probably be out by Christmas.

It sickens me, and it sickens me to think that the Police are not supported. 

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