Our Monday quotes are normally short, to the point and pithy. Today's offering is a bit longer than usual, but because it touches on an issue that we feel strongly about, we've cut the author some slack.
So here's today's Monday Quote, courtesy of Michael Laws in yesterday's Sunday Star-Times:
Police chase policy is relatively simple. If there is a palpable danger to life, then they are to abandon the chase. It will be for the suitable authorities to determine whether that policy was applied in this particular case.
But the wider issue remains. Is the existing policy actually encouraging miscreants to flee?
The individual at the heart of this tragedy probably assumed, and rightly, that driving recklessly through red lights in downtown Christchurch would be too risky for any following police. He gambled and two other people lost.
And yet the wonder is that this kind of tragedy does not happen more often. It soon will. We have bred a group of feral anti-socials who regard reckless endangerment, and outwitting the police, as their especial entertainment. They will attempt to evade capture irrespective of any policy. It's part of the fun.
In a couple of months the public will be introduced to this moron as he stands in the dock facing charges. He will be clean-shaven, wearing a clean shirt and feigning contrition. He may go to prison, he may not. The point is, surely, that he should.
But even if he ends up as the plaything of Bubba, his incarceration will be minor compared to the couple who had their lives so carelessly scrubbed.At which point, yet again, our society loses a little more faith in the justice system. Indeed the term seems oxymoronic – because justice is for this 20-something to be banged up forever for killing a couple.
We could not agree more strongly.