Minority Report or good policing?

New Zealand Herald
10:22AM Thursday November 15, 2007
Police arrest 19 students over planned brawl

Groups of students from two schools planning a large-scale brawl were stopped by police before fighting was due to break out.

Police had been tipped off that the students were set to clash in Olympic Park, west Auckland.

When they arrived at the scene at 2.30pm yesterday, they found 20 students from a nearby secondary school.

However, no one was present from the other school.

Sergeant Grant Watson of New Lynn police said: “The 20 students immediately ran in all directions but were soon caught by the large team of police and taken into custody. One student was found with a rock in his possession.”

Nineteen boys and young men were arrested.

Five of them aged 17 years were charged with unlawful assembly and will appear in the Waitakere District Court on Monday.

I’m not completely up with all of the details of this, but on the face of it, it smacks a little too much of the sci fi movie of a rather dystoipan/orwellian nature – Minority Report, where people are apprehended based on foreknowledge.

This scares me more than any proposed infringement of freedoms forecast to descend upon the country with the passing of the Electoral Reforms.


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