Dismantling structural racism in the New Zealand Police

Dismantling structural racism in the New Zealand Police

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Dune Ocay started this petition to New Zealand Parliament and

The event of Geoge Floyd's death in Minnelopillis has created a worldwide concern based around the racial discrimination within police. In New Zealand, it is believed that we do not identify bias in the criminal justice system or it is not as 'severe' of an issue compared to America.

Due to this, it has come to the attention for the necessity of addressing the overrepresentation of Māori and Pacific. These are the people who are involved and facing these issues. Ironically, 43% were Māori and 9% were Pacific, with the Māori imprisonment levels being so high, that Māori is comprising around 50% of New Zealand's prison inmates. From this, wrongful imprisonments have become an issue. The high rates of conviction for Māori are almost certainly influenced by Māori being more likely to plead guilty if prosecuted, which may, in turn, reflect some systemic problem with the availability or quality of legal representation.

From this, I want to ensure that potential offenders are given rights from front line police and have access to an advocate. This change can occur by creating a policy dismantling the structural racism in the New Zealand police. This can take place under the New Zealand Parliament by the Minister for the Government Communications Security Bureau, Andrew Little. 

By understanding our rights, it is important to be educated based around the basic rights of being able to keep quiet, talking to a lawyer and what you say - can be used against you. New Zealand citizens need to become aware of these indifferences, when immersed within different cultures and how to respond to bias.

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