September 12, 2022
Waititi wants police profiling inquiry
The Maori Party says there needs to be a royal commission of inquiry into the police profiling of Maori.
Police they will apologise and make changes to their practices after a joint inquiry by the Privacy Commissioner and the Independent Police Conduct Authority found police in Wairarapa were taking and storing pictures of young Maori they encounter in the street.
Co-leader Rawiri Waititi says the revelation comes on top of police admissions they used pain to subdue Maori more than other groups.
“We need answers from the commissioner. We need answers from the minister about this issue now being deemed illegal. The police are supposed to be upholding the law of this land but unfortunately we have an illegal act by the police and we need answers,” he says.