...for the Armed Offenders Squad officer who fired the shot that killed Halatau Naitoko in Auckland on Friday. This must be a police officer's worst nightmare - accidently taking down an innocent man.
Doubtless there will be many words written in the days and weeks that follow that are highly critical of the Police. But you won't read them on Keeping Stock. Sure, we have been critical of the politicisation of the NZ Police, but our criticism has been aimed at the wallahs who warm seats at Police National HQ, not the constables who walk the beat. The rank and file make life and death decisions every day, and sometimes they make mistakes - as seems to have been the case here, with tragic consequences. But let's not forget the chaos in which this tragedy happened.
And most importantly, let's not forget that the offender in this case is in custody, because ultimately, that is where the blame lies.