March 27, 2017
Race bias in police violence challenged
Green MP Marama Davidson wants an inquiry into why the police are more likely to use violence against Maori and Pasifika than other people they encounter.
Her concern was sparked by an incident where police set a dog on a 12 year old Pasifika girl found hiding in a kindergarten late at night.
Information released to the Herald on Sunday shows Maori were 12 times as likely to face a dog as Pakeha.
Ms Davidson says it’s part of a pattern that points to systemic discrimination.
"Maori are more likely to be hit by a baton shot with a taser, blasted with pepper spray and now we know attacked by dogs and I don't find that acceptable that we have to adjust our whole entire approach to criminal justice and justice. These things need to be absolutely a last resort and I would like some investigation or some answers about what is happening here," says Marama Davidson.
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