Should have used the Glock from the get go

This is why Police need to use the Glock in the first instance. It is a terrible case where the sole officer’s nearest police suport was 70km away. By the time those reinforcements had arrived this police officer could well be dead.

Fortunately some members of the public and Fire Service intervened. They are heros.

Tactically, in an agressive situation it may well have been better fi the officer had drawn his Glock in the first instance.

Firefighters and Kawhia locals came to the rescue of a rural Waikato policeman last night when he was knocked to the ground and attacked by at least five offenders, police say.

The policeman had been set upon by at least five people, who were kicking him as he coiled up in pain on the Kawhia wharf, as about 80 members of the public watched on, inspector Rob Lindsay said.

The group took his taser, his radio and his pistol and were only stopped when local firefighters and the public stepped in to intervene. If they hadn’t, the outcome could have been much worse, Lindsay said.

Although the officer had called for back-up, his closest colleagues were 70km away in Ngahinapouri and couldn’t make it to the scene in time to put a quick stop to the attack, which left him with serious bruising and grazing to his face, arms and body.

No one could have faulted the police officer had he drawn and shot these offenders. 

The policeman had located a 19-year-old man, known to be violent towards police and facing outstanding arrest warrants, shortly before 6pm last night. A stand-off between the two men ensued and a relative of the 19-year-old was subsequently called to help de-escalate the situation, but he ended up setting on the policeman instead.

The policeman used pepper spray on the offenders, which had little affect, and then presented his taser, which was grabbed by one of them.

The officer was able to break free and deploy his taser on the main offender, who had rushed at him, police said. He was handcuffing the man when he was struck from behind and knocked to the ground.

“From there the officer has been kicked on the ground by a group of what we estimate to be five people and he has crawled into a ball and activated his Officer Safety Alarm,” inspector Rob Lindsay said.

“Cambridge staff at that time were at Ngahinapouri and were dispatched to go to the officer’s assistance, unfortunately even with the best driver’s skills it is still some distance to travel.”

Aware of the situation and the policeman’s isolation, his colleagues called the local fire brigade, who arrived at the wharf to find the officer on the ground being attacked.

The policeman’s taser, pistol and radio were all taken from him.

“Fortunately for all concerned a member of the public recovered the officer’s pistol and took it to the firefighters who secured the weapon,” Lindsay said.

“A short time later police reinforcements arrived from across the district and the 19-year-old man, his 49-year-old father and a 21-year-old male associate were arrested without further incident.”

We need to be tougher on feral scum who think it is OK to attack police officers. One day, one of these scum is going to get on the wrong of a scared cop with a Glock and then all the liberal panty-waists will be calling for head of the police officer. The police do a difficult job, made worse by some in society who think it is their right and privilege to intimidate and predate on society.

 


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  • Macca

    Minimum five years in prison for anyone caught (beyond reasonable doubt), assaulting any member of the police/fire/ambulance etc – END OF FUCKING STORY! The first one to get caught and have a judge with balls big enough to enforce the 5 year sentence would probably be the last!

    • Economist

      You greatly underestimate the intelligence and impulse control of the bludging underclass.

      But any that get two to the torso, one to the head certainly will never reoffend – and with any luck their mates will utu the cops and get dealt with in their turn.

    • Ford

      and 10 years for any cop caught beyond reasonable doubt assaulting and/or abusing a member of the public..seeing they are in a trusted position and all..END OF FUCKING STORY

      • starboard

        Fuck off knob end…youre part of the problem not the solution..dickhead, go and wail to ya mama..

        • Ford

          whatever ya arselicking sycophant

        • Up yours Nazi pedo filth

          • starboard

            Go to bed James..adults are in discussion.

          • Dave

            Go Starboard…… Sledge of the day.

          • Red

            Gotta say – Ford has a more than valid point – nothing to do with this subject at all, but valid enough. Using their position of “respect” to twist and abuse the rules of justice to tick a box using an innocent persons name is plain 100% shitty and it happens every day. BTW – James? Yr a dickhead

    • Tom

      Correct. Try this sort of game in,say, Texas. You would be in a world of shit, and that’s if you live to go before the judge.. Taking a policeman’s service pistol is grounds for getting 17+1 to the torso, no questions asked!

  • fozzie2

    OK Whale – here’s the challenge – get you arse out from behind your ‘puter -sign on as a cop and see how well you do – you are all mouth no trousers – the best option is that he was not there alone. Kudos the the members of the public that stepped in !!

    • Dumrse

      Fuck you are a dipshit. Your response makes no sense.

    • williamabong

      and you are a wanker

    • Uhmmm…I used to train Police in using pistols, and was in the top 5 pistol shooters in the country…even now with not recent training I would perform creditably in PPC

      • fozzie2

        and the message from that is you can shoot straight ??

        • Long time since I did that…20 years ago…and yes I can shoot very straight you fool.

          • fozzie2

            Obviously your training was so effective they kept you on ***not ***

          • They were private arrangements tool…back before they took the Glock on when they used SW Model 10s…I would work up the trigger, the sear and smooth the action like my comp gun.

          • GregM

            What is your opinion of the S&W ? I thought they were fuckin useless.
            Mind you marksmanship is not one of my strong points.

          • I loved my SW Model 10. It was highly customised though. I put a 6 inch slab sided barrel on it, a nice set of Herrett grips, with a skid plate for going prone. I also has wings mounted on it for barricade. Filed the hammer down, drilled though the hammer to lighten it, smoothed and rounded the trigger and smoothed the sear for a crisp but safe trigger release.

            Any pistol out of the box is generally good and Model 10s weren;t that bad.

            The key to pistol shooting though is extensive practice…the gun shoots fine but the shooter without practice is poos…it takes hours and hours and thousands of rounds to be comfortable and accurate.

            My gun could put all 6 rounds through the same hole at 50m…a ragged hole about the size of a 50c piece. I loved pistol shooting…to say pistols aren’t accurate merely belies the word of someone not familiar with or confident with pistols

          • GregM

            Thanks Cam. The half dozen or so that I tried on the range all seemed to have rough and different “feel” to the action , with different release point. Almost like the bits all needed sanding a wee bit.
            Had no Problems with the FNP 9, thoroughly enjoyed using them.

          • Most likely they did need a bit of wet n dry on the action…and tightening up a bit. Depending on what powder has been used too may also be affecting the action…revolvers are notoriously dirty simply because of their design..and gritty powders like the WST get in and bind things up.

            I used to strip my gun back every weekend and use good solvents to get rid of the powder residue and grit…not many people do that with their firearms, but old training necessitates such good gun hygiene

          • fozzie2

            Ahh so that is why when I check on your claim – with friends in the force back then they know nothing about you – all talk no trousers man !

          • Take you to the range Fozzie and then we will see huh? Cocksmoker

          • Contractor

            What years were you training Cops on the Model 10’s?
            Down at the college???

      • Contractor

        Apologies for the down arrow, fat iPad fingers again. When was the timeframe you were training the Police? Did you train at the college? Or range in Auckland?

  • Honcho

    There should be at least 5 people facing life in prison, there is no excuse for promoting such lawlessness

  • williamabong

    Now some soft cock judge and smart arse lawyer will spin some total crap story and the black mother fuckers will get two weekends PD, which they will fail to attend for some obscure reason as outlined under the treaty.
    Handing out severe punishments serve three distinct purposes, first as punishment for the offence, secondly so society sees justice as actually being done, and lastly as a deterrent to others planning a life of crime.
    Time to start standing on the necks of some these little black motherfuckers and providing an incentive not to offend, but then the judiciary might actually have to grow some balls, and start doing what the taxpayer, their employer wants them to do, YEAH RIGHT

    • Economist

      Give the cops some Glock 18s and you won’t need lawyers, gaols, juries, or judges.

    • Ford

      im all for the same sentences as what the cops get when they break the law..lenient sentences for all..equality i say

      • Tom

        You really are an A-grade wanker aren’t you?

        • Ford

          haha..whatever..dickie licker..lol

          • Tom

            You actually used the term ”dickie licker”?! Put your helmet back on and get back to your crayons. And don’t eat them this time

          • is that all you’ve got…gay fantasy…improve your efforts cocksmoker

          • Ford

            ill try harder next time..ok lardarse

      • Rodger T

        I reckon the cops should get amnesty for taking out the trash.

        • Ford

          as long as its trash and not an innocent then the cop needs to face the full force of the law and some

    • Dave

      The inventive not to offend is called a bullet, cheap, effective and the crims seem to respect them more than the cops. When in a serious life threatening situation our cops need to shoot first ask questions later.

  • starboard

    This countries getting worse by the week. Murders, beatings, cops being beaten, feral scum running amok..fuck its like the wild west.
    Why isnt somebody in power doing something about it ? Its a fucking disgrace. Maybe its time for some vigilante groups to set up and fix these scum…judges and government are doing nothing. Why ? Why are we paying them?

    • Ford

      because they are all corrupt

  • Dave

    I used to live in kawhia, the place is in the middle of nowhere, good on the public. There were some real pricks at that place

    • Ford

      yeah..one of them got stomped

      • starboard

        youre next felcher..

      • Dave

        Not sure why you have a beef with the cops, just like races and religion there are good and bad cops.

        However if you are suggesting you would rather we had none then I don’t know what to say

        • Ford

          i guess 1 bad apple ruins the rest..and i have a pet hate for controlling manipuilating cunts

          • Dave

            Can’t think of any large organisation that does not have one bad apple. Pretty unreasonable to judge them all for the actions of a few

          • Dave

            Hands ford the mirror, go back and read what you have written you dumb prick. Then take that huge tree of your shoulder, get a job and GROW the Fuck Up you whiny slime ball. Ford, if you never do anything wrong or to irritate the cops, they will never bother you.

      • You”d be the first to squeal for the cops if some head kickers came for you.

        • Ford

          ya think so?

          • Rodger T

            We know so.

  • Rodger T

    Obviously it is time dump the useless Pepper spray and Taser and replace with a pump action shotgun as well as the Glock.
    It might take a few ferals to get knocked over by a 12g for it to sink in ,but in time ,even the slowest of them will gain some new found respect for the law in this country.
    The days of the softly ,softly approach has well and truly gone,the increasing number of attacks on the police prove that the liberal treatment of offenders has failed.
    Emboldened by soft judges , sniveling politicians and corrupt lawyers the feral rock apes now believe they can do as they please, regardless of the law.
    Time for the police hierarchy to grow some balls and start to protect the frontline staff.

  • Sym Gardiner

    This spate of assaults on Police is going to result in a pile of trigger happy cops. And rightly so.
    However where there is no immediate issue, I personally prefer cops to keep their guns in the car. The way I see it is that if you see a cop with a gun, you are somewhere you shouldn’t be.

    • Economist

      The way I see it is that if you see a cop with a gun, you are somewhere you shouldn’t be.

      Like parliament. Or an airport. Duh.

      • Sym Gardiner

        Two places where guns are completely unnecessary. Pretty stupid argument.

  • Rodger T

    Equip the cops with these and the bullshit would stop rather rapidly,just what they need for crowd control.

    • Economist

      Too fucking big to carry…

      • Travis Poulson

        It is for someone that hasn’t been issued a man card.

    • Ford

      cops are big enough arseholes now without giving the arrogant fuckwits guns as well

      • starboard

        You have that opinion arsehole because you are obviously criminal scum. Stay within the law like the rest of us and you will have no problem toerag.

      • Rodger T

        Therein lies your problem, you`re to fucking thick to understand that if you did not act like a twat you would not have any problems with the cops,it is your own fucktardery that brings you in contact with the constabulary.

        Any wonder dealing with cretins like yourself,day in day out ,they are sick of the bullshit?

        Btw,are you to simple to understand that post was just a little facetious ? Look that word up.

        • Ford

          and what makes you think i have interactions with the cop..you fucktard

          • SJ00

            Because you have an axe to grind with them suggesting you have been in trouble with them. Knobend.

          • Ford

            no such thing as being in trouble with the cops..in my life they are an inconvenience at best..try again

          • Rodger T

            Your obvious hysteria ,out of all proportion to the topic.

          • Ford

            i post and opinion and its you lot that get hysterical

          • Rodger T

            Get your mommy to give you a suck on her titty,you might calm down enough to get some sleep tonight.

          • Ford

            you can do better than that cant you?

          • Dave

            Because Einstein, you said so in your own post a few months ago Helping a mate were you Your mate did nothing wrong Yeah right “Tui” Get over yourself Ford, you really are just a dumb fuckwit.

          • Ford

            i really dont know what the fuck you on about

          • Dave

            Ford, you are either a liar or incredibly dumb or potentially BOTH. You have previously posted on here.

            1) You were not working and would NOT take a job that you didnt like cause you were entitled to not work if you chose to do that.

            2) That you had a run in with the cops as, a mate did nothing wrong and the cops harrassed you and him.

            Above, you replied to RogerT….. “and what makes you think i have interactions with the cop.. you fucktard.

            Well, because Einstein, you TOLD US, or you were lying about that then or have conveniently forgotten now. Or could it just be your as dumb as several sacks of hammers. Make up your mind young ford.

          • Ford

            you got part of the job bit right but as for the cop bit..i wasnt involved and havent been involved with the cops with my mate at any time..and the last time i had an interaction with as cop..i got $150 fine for careless driving about 8 yrs ago,,you fucktard../.now whos as dumd as a sack of hammers..fucken moron

          • Ford

            nd not that i have to explain my life to you but its you and mates in here that accuse me of being some kind of criminal..its you and your mates in here that accuse me of being a druggie..sad sacks of fucken shit

      • you sound like you need to be acquainted more closely with a PR24

        • Ford

          another fucken idiot that condones assault as long as its in the name of law an order

          • You are lippy, no wonder the cops beat on you. Think you are all cool, hip and smart until they punch your teeth in…then it is all police brutality…arsehole…you deserved it with your smart mouth…its called consequences

          • Ford

            deserved what?..you do tell a whale of a story…smart..intelligent..the same thing..onya fatso

        • Ford

          you say you trained police in pistol handling and here you are threatening me with violence using a pr 24 which is a baton..try shoving it up your arse..it will fit

          • Dave

            Ford. It seems to me, you are a negative whining little prick. Anything Cam and most others say, you twist to your own sick way.

            Suggest you see a surgeon to sever the nerve that connects your eyes to your arse to cure your shitty outlook on life.

          • Ford

            a threat is a threat..no twisting needed

  • Economist

    One against 5 – the Glock 17 won’t do it. That’s what all cops should routinely carry Glock 18s, ideally a couple.

    • Economist

      And – cliché though it is, shooting first & asking questions afterwards

    • Do you even know what you are talking about. If a Glock 17 won;t vut it then an 18 wil be less than useful being selective fire. The user would run through his 17 rounds very quickly requiring a reload or two. Please think before posting

    • Ford

      i think they should wait till they can handle tazers first..dont you

    • williamabong

      So wrong, a two shot pistol would do the job, nail the first cab off the rank right between the peepers, then ask the rest who would like second prize, even the dumbest nigger would work out he might be about to get his benefit stopped, permanently and have an attitude readjustment.
      As a group they’re the toughest mother fuckers you ever met, looking down the barrel of a 9mm as an individual they’d piss their pants and run home to mummy.
      Time some of these fuckers got used as ballistic gelatin, then we will see these attacks stop in an instant.

  • Jmac

    A number of cops have tried to get me into the force over the years since I left high school. My primary reason for not doing it was because I felt like I would lack integrity to train for 5months for a role I would likely be in for under 5 years based on what I wanted to do with my life.

    The 2nd reason was stuff like this. The salary you receive vs the risks you take is simply not worth it in this country.

  • Ford

    5 ppl set upon a sole cop armed with a tazer and possibly a gun in his car and plenty of back up and they call it a cowardly attack yet when a bunch of cops armed with tazers..pepper spray and guns set upon a sole member..elderly and female.. they call it manly and heroic..yeah right.. tui ad

    • Travis Poulson

      You’re a stupid cunt, you really are. No wonder you’re unemployable. Backup was 70 kilometres away. “plenty of backup”, Ford, you are one dense asshole. I hope in the near future you need the assistance of the NZ police…..and they don’t come. Have another smoke.

      • Ford

        and you havent got a fucken clue either ya wanker and as for useless fucken cops..why would i ever need their help..ya cocksucker

        • starboard

          because when I go around and sodomise ya mama you will be whining in the corner like a wee bitch..” help..police “..

          • Rodger T

            Trolling the troll,LoL ,nice.

          • Ford

            you’re not man enough

          • Ford

            so you dont mind suggesting yourself breaking the law as long as others dont..cock

          • starboard

            when it comes to pricks like you I’ll gladly break the law

          • Ford

            a fucken hypocrite as well ay..youd make a good cop

          • Ford

            sounds like a sexual threat towards women..i wonder how the cops would veiw that comment

          • starboard

            dont worry sonny…Ive been there before…she farts in the sack and shes a dud root.

          • Ford

            been there done that as ii been investigated?..im sure you have

          • Ford

            threatening sexual violence against women..cops will frown on that one ay

      • Ford

        so someone that dosent agree with you sycophant cocks is a drugged out unemployable loser?whos the stupid cunt/cunts?

        • Travis Poulson

          You’re a munter, the way you think clearly demonstrates that. Anyone one that thinks the cop had the advantage clearly has some mental health issues. Darwin will come for you one day.

        • Dave

          Your dumber than a sack of hammers young ford As above……. You posted about 6 weeks ago you were unemployed and that most jobs were not up to your liking. Now who is the fickwit cocksmoker ford.

    • Steve (North Shore)

      I think Ford is just waiting for a chance to ‘suicide by cop’ then make himself a hero bro. Vitamin P makes anti-Police wankers

      • Ford

        another dreamer that dosent know what hes on about

        • williamabong

          Don’t you think it’s time your hand applied for a non molestation order.
          Tosser

        • starboard

          spell check asshole

          • Ford

            attacking typos is a rather childish response…ay asshole

        • Muffin

          You are obviously a fuck wit and should get back to taking your meds, there are some less than perfect cops however in my experience I have only met ones that are trying to do what is a fucking hard job, generally made more so by cunts like you.

          • Ford

            you and some of your idiot mates have over active imaginations

          • Muffin

            Take a deep breath and take your meds fuck face

          • Ford

            you lot all bleat the same shit ay..bunch of sheep

    • starboard

      Link please. Oh thats right it all happened in your head after you smoked your crack. Get a life faggot.

      • Ford

        if you think everyone with an opposing opinion is on drugs then you need to get a life

        • Muffin

          Nope its the fact that you haven’t taken your drugs that appears to have resulted in you being a dick head

  • Jaffa

    A gun is no deterrent if he thinks you won’t use it.

    A Taser is better, but you have to use it!

    And one cop is no good either, you need at least two.

    • Dave

      Kawhia has about 300 people, the cop lives in kawhia as the only police officer for that area.

    • I taught people this simple rule…pull the gun out of the holster you are going to use it…because if you don’t you have a real short club

  • Bunswalla

    “No one could have faulted the police officer had he drawn and shot these offenders.”

    Unfortunately Cam, that’s where you’re wrong. There are plenty of wankers like Ford that hate the police and go out of their pathetic way to fault them at every turn. It took me a while to understand the post – the point being he had a gun but wasn’t trained/encouraged/permitted to draw it at an early stage.

    I couldn’t agree more, of the two options when faced with a “stand-off” he should have drawn his pistol and suggested to Feral Scumbag #1 that there was an easy way and the way he would prefer. Much better than inviting Feral Scum #2 (followed by 3-5) onto the scene to help “de-escalate it”.

    Providing he was trained, confident and knew he had the backing of his managers and not just the Police Association, even the scumbag losers would have worked out they were going to have either a bad day, or a very bad day indeed.

    • Ford

      ay bunsy..it takes approx 4000 hrs to train as a hairdresser or a carpenter..a painter..or whatever yet it only take 400 hrs to become a cop and ppl think they should be armed and as i understand it cops dont even need a firearms licence..and instead of the cops paying out compensation for all the big cases they fuck up and get wrong theyll be burying innocent ppl ..i suppose paying for funerals is the cheaper option ay ..fuck that

      • SJ00

        You are drip, it doesn’t take that long to train a hairdresser.

        • Ford

          but still takes longer than it takes to become a cop..get it?..ya drip

          • Mr_Blobby

            Fix Or Repair Daily. When did you get back. I thought you had found gainful employment. 4000 hours of training and your still good for absolutely nothing.

          • Ford

            i keep myself busy and im good for lots of things..other ppl’s expectations of me are the issue

        • Dave

          It does take at least that to train a thick hairdresser…….

      • starboard

        you really are a winner..I bet you drive a ford cortina 2 litre with a noisy exhaust and youre dick is one inch fully erect.

        • Ford

          no to the car and im still 1/2 ” bigger than you

        • Travis Poulson

          Twin carb, flares and a planed fly wheel and all!!!

        • and when lying down it disappears…his girlfiend calls him Just-in to everyone else he is Tiny O’Toole

          • Ford

            really showing some intelligence there and at least i can see my dick…lol

          • starboard

            bawhahaha! ford…the result of 2 cousins sleeping together.

      • Travis Poulson

        It might have taken YOU 4000 hours to train as a hairdresser, don’t speak for the rest of them.

        • Rodger T

          4000 hrs to train as an unemployed hairdresser,Travis.

          • Travis Poulson

            I never said he had a job…

        • Ford

          didnt put much thought into that insult ay..lol

          • Hieronymous Parsonsen

            FFS Ford, the word is spelled “eh” not “ay”. The only thing worse than a troll is an illiterate troll

    • RightOfGenghis

      Spot on. Pulling the trigger is the easy part. It’s the hand wringing culture that follows that makes it so hard. Remember Constable A..

  • GregM

    My opinion on this subject is real simple. Sole charge Police need to use the last option first. There simply isn’t enough time if plan a, then plan b fails, as it clearly did on this occasion, yet again.
    If the offender had been approached with sidearm drawn, get on the ground, hands behind your back etc. it wouldn’t have happened.

    • Sensible as always Greg.

    • Mr_Blobby

      Watch the US cop shows, Yes sir No sir sorry sir.
      Watch NZ Police show, Fuck the cops, fuck your mother, fuck everything.
      No, enough of this soft cock bullshit arrest the other 2 charge the whole lot all 5, try to find a decent judge who is not afraid to lock them up for a long time.
      Every one in town will know who the trouble makers are. Throw them out of there state houses take away there benefits and run them out of town.
      Watch crime stats plummet.

  • Pissedoffyouth

    Isn’t the only reason you wouldn’t want the cops armed be because you have regular interactions with them, and could potentially be shot? For 95% of law abiding citizens, the only police interaction they have is seeing them fill up the cop car at the BP.

    Its like the gay marriage debate – who gives a fuck what other people do? If you are never in a situation where the police would pull a gun at you, then why waste putting an opinion in?

  • Hang him

    Whats the odds these guys get bail from some soft cock judge, keep us posted in truth.

  • Rob

    The problem is that police officers have been so brainwashed and criticised by some members of the public and their own management on the use of firearms that they are scared to use them. The Australian and US police would have had the hand gun/shotgun out right from the start and made it quite clear that they were prepared to use it.

  • Patrick

    I have spent time out in Kawhia & Taharoa – why was a lone cop sent out to arrest one of these big silverbacks?
    He is a brave man but it nearly cost him big time.

  • Hazards001

    ” At the 2001 Census:
    59.7 percent of people in Kawhia Community said they belong to the European ethnic group, compared with 80.1 percent for all of New Zealand.

    The median income of people in Kawhia Community is
    $12,100, compared with $18,500 for all of New Zealand.

    The unemployment rate in Kawhia Community was
    12.3 percent, compared with 7.5 percent for all of New Zealand.

    The most popular occupational group in Kawhia Community was Agriculture and Fishery Workers (20.5 percent). The most popular occupational group for New Zealand as a whole was Service and Sales Workers (14.8 percent). ” Sourced from Statistics NZ

    Kawhia is just another cow town with a high proportion of bludgers that have to intention of finding a job.
    Why are 12.3% unemployed allowed to stay there when we are importing people to milk
    cows? As they are obviously unsuited to dairy work then they should be moved to
    CHCH to help with the re build.
    If that’s not suitable then Auckland needs garbage collectors and if that’s too hard for them then cut their dole and let them fend for themselves. I’m fed up with these bludging bastards pissing up the dole while living in cheap digs in out of the way towns.

    • Dave

      Of course they are unsuited to working on a diary farm, you have to get up really early to milk cows, and work hard! please tell me where in the Treaty of Waitangi does it state they shall get up early or have to work hard,

    • williamabong

      Shift them all to another town on the bus with no exhaust pipe, problem solved.

  • LesleyNZ

    And if the police officer had got his baton out in self defence and smacked them one he would probably have been be arrested for assault. Police officers are sitting ducks these days – because of the unheroic PC brigade. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz-police/news/article.cfm?o_id=131&objectid=10858000 “A police officer has been charged with assault following an incident before Christmas when he used his baton to protect himself from an alleged attack.
    The officer has been stood down from duty on full pay while the matter is before the courts.”

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