Tue, 15 Jan 2013 6:09p.m.
A witness to the attack on a policeman in Kawhia on Friday night, says video footage of the incident shows constable Perry Griffin over-reacted.
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21/01/2013 9:11:16 p.m.
Increase police numbers, or bring in the army to restore order in Kawhia; the inhabitants have clearly turned feral.
21/01/2013 6:18:12 p.m.
Sammy - Back from AUSSIE wrote:
Let's put it into perspective; The officer told the man to turn around to be placed under arrest because there was a warrant for his arrest (as he missed turning up to PD). So what does that say? The man is a criminal in the first place - he didn't submit to authority and decided to take it on board to challenge the officer. In New South Wales in Australia, that man would have been tackled to the ground using force. Actually, after seeing this footage and other witnesses footage, the officer should have pulled his gun out, because he had the right to defend himself. You call it an over-reaction, no, the man should've listened in the first place - hell - he should've turned up to his PD at the Corrections office in the first place. The man was a ferrel. That's what you need to drive out of Kawhia - the ferrels who don't submit to authority.
21/01/2013 12:11:05 p.m.
Oh what a 'delightful' family, NOT! The officer was outnumbered so his reaction was NOT an over-reaction. That family should be bloody thankful they're not in the US, pity we can't say the same.
16/01/2013 8:54:21 a.m.
If this was America, all 3 attackers would be dead on the wharf. Immediatly shot by the officer to protect himself from a threat to his body. People have a choice, depending on the law of the land. NZ is too soft. If peole know that the cops will shoot you for just looking them the wrong way, then bingo! suddenly respect and complience. The same people that attack cops are are the same people who have no respect for the law, are the same people who could bash your mother, children or break into your house, steal your car. .And who do you call when that happens.
16/01/2013 12:42:56 a.m.
The tazer was taken from him, chucked in the river and the family thinks that the officer over reacted? He was lucky that we re nothing like America. He would have had probably been shot. Public need to know that police WILL use force to protect everyone else. They put themselves on the line everyday and people judge them for doing their best. Maybe if he had listened when the Tazer was first pulled he could have been sitting back at home with his family.
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