Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Police move body of gunned down man ??

In the Christchurch Press today, front page is a witness , a father with his 3 children appear in a heart wrenching photo under the headline Friends see shot man die .

One of the kids ,the 5 -year old lad, asked a police officer attending the disturbing incident ;

" Why did you shoot my friend?"

The comment is a sad indictment for police culture ;

"Us cops don't get paid enough to go home in a box."

http://www.stuff.co.nz/4216083a10.html

Thursday, 27 September 2007
Police move body of gunned down man

LATEST: Police have removed the body of a man gunned down by police last night in front of friends and have revealed he took 25 minutes to die.


At an early morning press conference, police said the 37-year-old man, whose identity has not been released, was shot by an officer following a domestic incident.

The man was shot about 8.36pm on Stanmore Road and died shortly after 9pm, police district commander Sandra Manderson said.

The man's family in the North Island have been informed of his death.

Police were called to the incident at a house off Avonside Drive, Linwood, at 8.26pm.

A man was reported to be smashing a flat where he lived with a hammer.

The man left the house and walked to nearby Stanmore Road.

Police found the man attacking a vehicle on Stanmore Road, still armed with a hammer.

Manderson said the two officers were called to the incident, one of them armed.

Officers gave the man a verbal warning but the man continued to make threats against them.

SERIOUS THREAT

Manderson said the police officer who shot the man felt his life was "under serious threat". Manderson said the man was threatening serious harm to the police officer.

"Obviously they were serious threats ... serious enough for a shooting to take place. Obviously very serious," she said.

Police were trying to confirm if other weapons were involved.

"At this stage I'm only aware of the hammer ... but we're doing inquiries. There's a possibility other weapons were involved," she said.

Manderson said she was unaware if the officer who shot the man had attempted to use pepper spray on him first.

Asked if a taser might have been a better option had one been available, she said: "I can't comment, because I wasn't there. Of course it would be much preferable if the person wasn't dead."

POLICE BACK DECISION

The Police Association today backed the officer involved in the shooting.

President Greg O'Connor said the officer would be offered the association's support.

"This is the situation every police officer dreads.

"It's a possibility police face every time they go on shift. Even so, nobody goes to work expecting to be placed in a position where they are forced to shoot somebody," Mr O'Connor said.

He said it was inevitable that "armchair critics" would speculate and make judgments about what could or should have been done.

"But the officer involved was the person who was there, facing the situation, who had the training, and who was faced with the responsibility of actually making a decision," he said.

"It's a hell of a decision to have to make. I know that officer will be feeling absolutely shattered by that experience."

EMAILS INVESTIGATED

An email circulated by a Christchurch police officer calling for police to shoot offenders armed with knives had no connection to last night's shooting, Manderson said.

Police are investigating the original source of the email, which included graphic pictures in a bid to get police officers to wear their stab-resistant vests and the words: "If you've got a knife, then you should die ... period."

"It's certainly unfortunate (the shooting) happened, but it's got no relationship to the email whatsoever," Manderson said.

INQUIRY LAUNCHED

The officer involved in the incident is still being interviewed by police and has not been stood down.

Manderson said a homicide inquiry and a Police Complaints Authority (PCA) inquiry had begun into the incident.

"The homicide inquiry will be run parallel to the Police Complaints Authority inquiry using separate teams of staff," she said.

The PCA staff were due in Christchurch this morning.

EYE-WITNESS ACCOUNT

Last night, a neighbour, who did not want to be identified, said four shots were fired.

"We heard sounds like the dull thud of a panel being hit and then a car alarm going off. "There were more thuds and then the four shots," he said.

When he looked out the window there was a body in the road.

"I could see him lying in the road and then they put a sheet over him later. I heard the guy across the road saying Steve had been shot."

The neighbour, who had experience with firearms, said the shots sounded like a light-calibre pistol.

Three ambulances attended the scene but a spokesman said nobody was taken to hospital.

Another neighbour said the police told all the residents to go inside because the area was now a crime scene.

Manderson said she had asked for the police kaumatua, the Rev Maurice Gray, to ensure the cultural process of tapu lifting would be carried out correctly when the scene examination was complete.

Last night's victim was the 21st killed by police since 1941.

The last to die before this incident was Haidar Ebbadi Mahdi, 37, shot by a police officer at his home in Auckland in August 2004.

Mahdi was killed as he held his wife in a choke hold with a knife at her throat.

The policeman who fired the shot had already been stabbed by Mahdi.

Police were later cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting.
Ends.

14 comments:

jack said...

Why do cops put themselves into positions where they have no alternative but to use their Glocks?

If they get a call that someone has lost the plot and is breaking stuff with a hammer or golf club they should cordon, watch and wait until a dog can tackle the suspect.

Anonymous said...

What a fucking brilliant idea Jack. In the meantime if they stove in the head of a bystander, the police could shoot the bystander to end their suffering. You dickhead.

Andy Moore said...

Oh, what the heck! If you run at a police officer holding a gun, what can you expect?

See, it wouldn't be as sad if the police officer had died would it?

Disgusting.

dad4justice said...

I think Jack was trying to point out that the situation could have been better handled than it was . Look I have spoken to people who alleged they saw the incident and it is not what has been reported by the media .

Someone is telling lies as to what did actually happen in the moments just before the cop discharged his firearm into a highly agitated man.

Something does not add up here in this case ? Only time will reveal ,hopefully the truth ?

jack said...

How about this then Anonymous.

There are better ways of dealing with a situation than confronting a nutter doing property damage, then coincidentally having a gun and shooting him when he reacts as nutters generally do. Is this standard police procedure or have these guys just never thought beyond the square? The only other alternatives I can come up with are that they've never done psychological training(kindergarten stuff like an action WILL provoke a reaction), anyone outside the police force doesn't count, or that their 'reality' training on computers has made them forget there are victims out there, not just cyphers. *sits & waits for the inevitable abuse*

Andy Moore said...

Yeah... so just get the police officer to run away?

Heck no.

dad4justice said...

Andy with all due respect the fact that Sandra Manderson has pre - determined the case with her callous comment "the officer was under threat...serious threat to his life."
And , the fact that the officer who fired the gun had already shot someone before and was involved with beating up two prisoners in a van is beyond belief .
The NZ police cannot be trusted as they are corrupt , rotten from top to bottom .

jack said...

"The NZ police cannot be trusted as they are corrupt , rotten from top to bottom ."

You're not wrong there dad.

Anyone know the trigger happy cop's name?

Anonymous said...

To jack and dad4justice. Just wondering who you would call if things turned to shit in your neighbourhood. I would guess the untrustworthy corrupt rotton cops would not be an option.

Maybe some of you armchair critics who know so much about how to handle volatile life threatening situations from the comfort of your living rooms may be able to suggest something useful for a change.

Some of you guys are pathetic.

Another thing - how is it that a cops work history is public knowledge before he is even found guilty of anything and yet a persons criminal history isn't even allowed to be known to the Courts until a charge is proven.

Double standards I'd be thinking.

dad4justice said...

Hey anoy I was assaulted at my front door three weeks ago by a young punk , see how I dealt with it , ask cops !

Don't call me a wally, as I have done a lot of good work for New Zealand police - for no f##king thanks !!

If only you knew the truth !!

jack said...

This was posted on my site, can anyone fill in the correct name?

Sergeant XXXXX XXX XXXX
and Constable Shane Miles received the Commissioner's Gold Merit Award
for their bravery in confronting an armed man outside a New Brighton
tavern on April 23, 1999.

Anonymous said...

Dad. Seems you are all talk at this stage. How about backing up some of those claims. "

How did you deal with the young punk at the door?

And talk us through the "good work" you have done for the NZ Police. I don't think bagging the boys in blue on a website comes under the umbrella of "good work".

Answer these questions then we may all know "the truth".

And jack, why is it so important for you to know the guys name?

jack said...

Softly Softly Catchee Monkey.

dad4justice said...

Hey anonymous , how about you put a name to your requests ?

Surely you wouldn't expect me to give highly sensitive information regarding serious police business to a total stranger ?

Silly Monkey .
Great to see cops fire a dozen rounds into a dog , all missed , I could have thrown one stone and killed the thing .

Talk about the Keystone Cops .

Our police are the laughing stock of the Western World .