Police admit to being tougher on Maori

via: The Guardian

via: The Guardian

Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the police force has been influenced by unconscious bias in their relations with Maori.

But he says police have recognised the problem and have made positive steps to address it.

“I think like any good organisation, you have to recognise that there can be some unconscious bias in your organisation. We’ve recently started some training with the executive, which will filter through the rest of the organisation, because the first thing you have to do is acknowledge that it exists.”

… the numbers speak for themselves. Maori are involved in 46 percent of police apprehensions, more than 50 percent of police prosecutions, 60 percent of Youth Court appearances, and they make up more than 50 percent of our prison population.

“Our data, which we collected right from the start, showed that there was a disparity in the way we applied some of our discretion,” says Mr Bush.

Despite acknowledging police have often come down harder on Maori, the commissioner denies racism, claiming the problem is being addressed.

“I can say, and it’s really positive, since we started having those conversations, and talking about it, the dynamic has really changed. So we’re getting far closer to that equality that should be there.”

Crims and scumbags are crims and scumbags, if they happen to be Maori that shouldn’t make any difference.  And if statistically the cops come down harder on Maori simply for being Maori, that’s a good thing to balance.


We saw earlier in the year that Maori driving without a license are now referred for some hugs and cotton wool treatment whereas non-Maori will get fined or disqualified from driving.

Why does the pendulum have to swing that far?


– Alison Harley, 3 News

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