The Police seem to have become captured by anti-alcohol health campaigners, and producing equally dodgy assumptions as fact, as they suggest that Auckland should have no new bars for six years.
The smartphone footage shows them puffing up their chests and barging into each other. One of them shapes up to a woman in black shorts. He flattens her off her high-heels and she lands heavily head-first on the concrete.
In another video caught on CCTV a man falls over as he attempts a roundhouse kick. Another pummels his fists into him as he lies on the ground.
The two videos, taken two months apart, at roughly the same spot on Auckland city’s Fort St, show the moment tensions spill over into late-night brawls that end with multiple people in hospital, or facing criminal charges – or both.
For police, the videos give them two new pieces of evidence in their argument for tougher restrictions on when people should be able to drink in the city.
They are mounting a case for a six-year ban on all new bars and bottle shops in Auckland’s CBD, as well as a 1am one-way door policy and a 3am close.