October 14, 2022
Police surveillance defence dictatorial
Māori party co-leader Rawiri Waititi has slammed the suggestion by Police Minister Chris Hipkins that the law may be changed so police can take surveillance photos of tamariki and youth who look out of place or suspicious.
He says that would retrospectively legalise behaviour the Independent Police Conduct Authority has found illegal.
“This is looking like a police state. It’s totalitarian. It’s dictatorial. What it means is it keeps Maori in the system that allows the system to continue to feast on our dysfunction and it’s a dysfunction created by the system in the first place,” Mr Waititi says.
He says Police won’t admit that such actions are systemic racism.