Looks like the Police have cost us a fortune in an inevitable lawsuit from Kim Dotcom. Not only were the warrants they used to raid his house illegal, they took things they weren’t entitled to even under those illegal warrants. That’s going to result in everything they seized being inadmissible and the case collapsing.
They aggravated this by playing FBI wannabes, raiding Dotcom’s house with armed 70 armed officers and helicopters, causing distress and public humiliation.
Then they gave their illegally obtained information to the Yanks. Dotcom can and should sue their arses off. It may be the only way they’ll learn.
It’s been a bad run for the cops – the Gwaze prosecution failing; the Urewera raids case falling apart, again due to unlawfully overstepping their warrants; the Bill Liu case ending in not guilty; raiding media offices in the middle of an election campaign at the orders of the Prime Minister and then declaring a person’s actions unlawful, defaming him and violating his right to fair trial; their violent reaction to the Blockade the Budget protests; and now this.
It’s getting to the point where the cops are overstepping the mark so often that you almost fear the consequences of criticising them. Almost.
There’s something wrong within that organisation that is at least as bad as what’s been going on within ACC. The disturbingly ‘activist’, even political, element to some of these actions only makes it worse.
The Government needs to step in and stop the Police overstepping their role.