New Zealand drops armed police trial after public concern

Posted by on June 9, 2020 2:10 am
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Police commissioner says armed police ‘do not align with the style of policing that New Zealanders expect’ following criticism of the trial

A controversial trial of New Zealand police carrying firearms has been scrapped and the force will not create an armed unit following criticism that it was ill-conceived, badly executed and poorly communicated.

The decision comes in the wake of protests over the killing of black American George Floyd by police in the US that have spread around the world and to New Zealand, where thousands took to the streets despite Covid-19 restrictions.

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