Fears arming police will impact substantially on minority groups.

Publish Date
Tue, 12 Nov 2019, 4:46PM
Debate over standard arming of all NZ police officers Photo/NZ Herald

Fears arming police will impact substantially on minority groups.

Publish Date
Tue, 12 Nov 2019, 4:46PM

A former police detective is warning of unintended consequences if we were arm police full time. 

A six-month-pilot of armed police patrols was launched in October in response to the Christchurch terror attacks and escalating gang violence.

Calls are growing for the potential to have police carry weapons constantly while on duty.

Tim McKinnel told Simon and Phil there is evidence that minority groups will be the ones who will bear the tragic consequences of militarizing police. 

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