Tag: Global Peace And Justice Auckland

GPJA – complaint re police conduct on 8 December

Press Release – Global Peace And Justice Auckland Global Peace and Justice Auckland has lodged a formal complaint with police over their handling of the protest at the TPP negotiations last Saturday. The letter sent to the IPCA is pasted here. 11 December 2012 David Carruthers Chairperson Independent …GPJA – complaint re police conduct on 8 December Global Peace and Justice Auckland has lodged a formal complaint with police over their handling of the protest at the TPP negotiations last Saturday. The letter sent to the IPCA is pasted here. 11 December 2012 David Carruthers Chairperson Independent Police Conduct Authority Wellington Kia ora Mr Carruthers, Complaint re police conduct on 8 December Global Peace and Justice Auckland is hereby lodging a formal complaint regarding the police handling of the anti-TPP protest at Auckland’s Skycity casino on 8 December this year. Our complaint covers four areas – 1. The foolish and provocative actions of the senior officer in command at the protest at Skycity and again at Aotea Square. 2. The cynical manipulation of a serious breach of police discipline to accuse the protest group of violent behaviour. 3. Using plain clothes police, possibly agent-provocateurs, to infiltrate the protest. 4. Passing wilfully misleading information to the public, via the media, about the action of protestors. Regarding Point 1: Many of us in GPJA have had many years of experience of...

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US Embassy “extremely happy” with policing of protest – tape

Press Release – Global Peace And Justice Auckland Global Peace and Justice Auckland has obtained a recording of a senior police officer reporting by phone to a superior after last Saturday’s TPP protest – Click a link to play audio (or right-click to download) in either MP3 format or in OGG format. Media Release: The Watch House Tape – American Embassy “extremely happy” with policing of protest Global Peace and Justice Auckland has obtained a recording of a senior police officer reporting by phone to a superior after last Saturday’s TPP protest – “In terms of the feedback on the ground from those involved at the American Embassy and the guy who was in charge of the negotiations (inaudible) and so on they were all extremely happy with the police at the time and so there is no issue with comeback” The recording was made early Saturday evening in the public waiting area at the Auckland police watch house after the protest against the TPP negotiations that afternoon. The senior sergeant was in an adjoining room speaking loudly on the phone. The recording was started after the officer was overheard boasting that an officer had hit John Minto in the eye during the protest. (We have witnesses who heard this although it’s not on the attached recording) However the tape raises serious questions about the police role at the...

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Policing of TPP protest was provocative and plain stupid

Press Release – Global Peace And Justice Auckland The policing of the TPP protest in Auckland this afternoon was provocative and plain stupid.Policing of TPP protest was provocative and plain stupid   The policing of the TPP protest in Auckland this afternoon was provocative and plain stupid.   As the protest gathering was preparing to leave Skycity the most senior police officer intervened to stop a symbolic act of burning a number of cardboard petition boxes.   With tensions running high after the refusal of TPP organisers to accept the 750,000 international petition against the negotiations the police action added insult to injury.   It was unnecessary, highly provocative and it was inevitable a scuffle would break out with several people injured.   To make matters worse this same officer repeated the stupidity with the very provocative arrest of a young woman in Aotea Square a short time later.   Another scrum was inevitable with further injuries.   Police diplomacy, restraint and awareness were absent today and resulted in at least 100 people lining up to abuse the 20 or so police as they left Aotea Square.   Today’s policing was way up there among the most stupid and provocative we’ve seen in 35 years of being part of various protests.   I’ve never seen one police officer cause so much unnecessary trouble for themselves as well as the...

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