POLICE BREACH PRINCIPLE OF EQUALITY BEFORE THE LAW
Democracy Action is appalled that South Auckland police are being instructed to identify a particular group of citizens for different treatment on the grounds of race.
Responding to the One News report that Maori drivers caught at the wheel without a licence or in breach of their conditions were to be referred for training and not given a ticket, Democracy Action Chairman, Lee Short, says:
“The law is being applied in a racially discriminatory manner when Maori drivers who are breaking the law are singled out for different treatment. This is contrary to the rule of law – a principle that means everyone is subject to the law, and it must be applied equally to all."
“If the police believe the best way to reduce offending is to offer support and training instead of a fine, this should apply equally to all citizens, regardless of race.”
If the Police don't uphold the Rule of Law then it is only a matter of time before New Zealand ceases to be a democracy. Have we learned nothing from history about where this slippery slope leads?