Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Have NZ cops been trained to be killers?

Over the past few weeks, there's been a lot of attention on the question of why American police are so violent, and so often murder people. There are a pile of reasons for this, including the racist roots of their entire policing system, but part of the answer seems to come down to a guy called Dave Grossman. The author of a book called On Killing, he now runs police training courses on "killology" and the "warrior cop", basicly encouraging police to be murderers and trigger-happy psychopaths. According to Grossman, the only good cop is a killer.

So far, so horrifyingly American. But there's an unpleasant local angle: according to his marketing material (example; there are plenty of others), Grossman has trained people in New Zealand:

Col. Grossman is one of the nation’s leading law enforcement trainers. He is the author of the Pulitzer-nominated book, On Killing. He has served as a trainer and keynote speaker for all major national and international law enforcement training organizations and has taught the representatives of literally thousands of federal and regional agencies in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.

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Which raises the obvious question: has he trained police here? Has he been training New Zealand police officers to be psychopaths and murderers? I think the police - and other government agencies - owe us some answers here.