There's been another tragedy in Christchurch overnight with an elderly couple killed. Their car was struck by an unlicenced, unregistered car driven through a red light by a driver fleeing the police. Of course, both major news sources paint a different picture; the Herald's headline reads Two dead in police pursuit crash in Christchurch, whilst Stuff says Two dead after police chase.
We get sick of this. The police did NOT cause these deaths, but they will inevitably be blamed for having dared to chase the car driven by a disqualified driver who is reported as being "well known to Christchurch police". The driver failed to stop for police who clocked him doing 89km in a 50km zone.
We agree 100% with Christchurch police area commander Malcolm Johnston who is quoted thus in the Herald:
"Blame for this tragedy lies entirely with this driver. He was signalled to stop and he should have stopped." Mr Johnston said he had spoken with the officers involved and they were devastated.
Mr Johnston nails it. Police are sworn to uphold the law; conversely the driver involved in this incident, a disqualified driver, has made a number of conscious decisions to break the law. It's not hard to determine where the REAL blame for this senseless loss of life lies.
UPDATE: Here's the link to the interview with Malcom Johnston on Breakfast this morning; our sympathies go out to the families of the victims of this act of stupidity, and to the police officers who had to witness it, powerless to stop it happening - arohanui.