NZ Herald: The Chase: Why I’ve changed my mind – Andrew Becroft

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Until recently I was of the view that police vehicle pursuits were always justified in order to uphold the law and send a clear message, to young people in particular, that there would be immediate consequences for law breaking.

But I’ve changed my mind.

Confronted by the alarming number of young people who die during or following a police pursuit, I realised I could no longer hold that view in good conscience.

It became clear to me that it is unacceptable for us to continue to allow the deaths of so many young people every year as sacrifices to our sense of outrage that the authorities are being defied.

This is especially so when the alleged crimes being committed are mostly not that serious.

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