Thursday, July 26, 2012

Police overstep their powers again

Last year, Brazillian oil giant Petrobras ran a seismic survey off East Cape. When local iwi protested, John Key sent in the navy and had the captain of one protest vessel arrested. Now, the charges have been thrown out of court, with the Judge finding the police had no power to act beyond the 12-mile limit.

So, what consequences will the police face for this false arrest and kidnapping? Sadly, I expect the answer will be "none". Even when the police act grossly beyond their legal powers, they face no consequences. No wonder their behaviour doesn't change...