In what is becoming an alarming series of revelations about just how out of control the cops are in Hawke’s Bay, Initiative has been made aware of a further example of just how arrogant and beyond the law the police culture is in that area.
A Napier grandmother has managed to fall foul of the local law and based on their track record, in Hawke’s Bay you don’t even have to break the law to get charged with something. Selective policing is a problem throughout the country but even more so in this area where the police culture of lie, deny and perjure is paramount to the point of obsession.
The grandmother, who has no convictions and was previously ignorant of the vindictive nature of police, has been hit with a curfew as part of her bail conditions whilst waiting for the opportunity to defend herself at a hearing.
It seems that the cops in Napier must get bored on night shift and then get their kicks by depriving people of sleep. The women claims it has not been uncommon for them to come knocking three times a night. Police claim not to have retained records going back further than a months, but those reveal that there were 37 bail checks in 30 days. A more complete set of records would show police pettiness in an even worse light.
Acting on advice and desperate for sleep this woman began asking police to identify themselves before she would open the door in the middle of the night. This resulted in oral abuse for all the neighborhood to hear.
Upon being photographed, as is any householder’s right, and Constable Natasha Caccioppoli and Constable David Power then tried to seize the camera.
Since being threatened by the householder with having their photos published police have not returned!
Initiative condemns the dishonest and bullying actions of these officers, who claim to be “just doing our jobs”.
We encourage anyone who has photos of police in any dubious
circumstances to send those to firstname.lastname@example.org for our archives and, if you can support those with a verifiable story, we will publish an article.
If you are experiencing similar harassment Initiative recommends you adopt the same tactics:
1 Do not open your door to police until they have identified themselves and if you are in any doubt call 111 to verify that identity BEFORE opening the door.
2 Photograph police every time they come to your door or on to your property and keep good written records of each visit, including the identity of each cop.
3 Try to keep your cool as it is a common police tactic to try and push people in to becoming angry and abusive so they can use this as an excuse to arrest them.