Whaipooti cited statistics which showed that in the decade from 2009, 66 percent of those shot by the police were Māori or Pasifika.
“Why would we arm a force that Māori don’t trust, so it’s not for our safety because the people who don’t trust police are Māori.”
But Ōtahuhu Māori wardens chair Thomas Henry said that elderly in South Auckland, where there are frequent shootings, did feel safer by having ARTs in their communities.
“Our elderly people, they’re the ones who’re feeling threatened in their communities and too frightened to speak out. We don’t want any of our elderly people to feel unsafe,” he said.
Elderly feel 'safer with armed police' https://t.co/hPuB3nBxU4— Better Blokes (@BetterBlokesNZ) March 18, 2020