nz police[Protests against the police murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson have exposed the racism and violence of the police in the United States. We stand in solidarity with these protests, and urge readers to join New Zealand solidarity demonstrations.

Maori and other victims of police racism in this country will recognize accounts of police brutality. This article was first published in Socialist Review 47 in March this year. Since its publication there has been no further comment from the police on Mr Taitoko’s death. It seems appropriate to republish it now – protests again racist police violence overseas must focus also on racist police violence here in Aotearoa/New Zealand.]

Deaths in police custody are not a growing issue insists Police Minister Anne Tolley. “There’s a whole lot of protections,” she announced during a recent interview, adding dismissively: “look it’s always regrettable but there are circumstances sometimes beyond anyone’s control.” [Read More…]

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