Some people have nothing better to do other than be outraged.
This time is is over tweets from Dick Quax, especially one where he basically says Glen Innes is a crime suburb.
Auckland councillor Dick Quax has been causing a stir online with flippant comments about public transport and the regular presence of police in an Auckland suburb.
The Howick councillor and former Olympian, who describes himself as “pragmatic and moderate” on his Twitter page, sparked a lengthy debate on the social media site after several tweets to his 339 followers.
In one tweet on Friday, he appeared to suggest a nearby suburb was crime-ridden: “Police helicopter ‘Eagle’ now declared official bird of Glen Innes,” he said.
Some people responded with surprise, saying it was “unbelievable” and a “disgraceful” comment by an elected official.
Mr Quax defended his tweet yesterday, saying it was a personal observation which was accurate.
“In fact, the police helicopter was up there last night for another half-hour. It’s more common than anywhere else it appears.
“I don’t know if it’s got a high crime rate or not but it does seem the police helicopter does spend a lot of time there. You might want to check with police if it’s one of the areas they spend more time.”
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