Alleged assault does
not surprise Union of Fathers
Wainuiomata News, 20 February 2003.
(Reprinted courtesy of Wainuiomata News.)
Police ran into trouble serving a custody warrant
in Wainuiomata last Wednesday.
At least three Lower Hutt police officers were serving the Children Youth
and Family Service warrant and
collecting the three-year-old child when allegedly assaulted by three men
and a woman.
None of the officers were seriously injured and the four have been charged
in relation to the incident.
The outspoken Union of Fathers has seized upon the incident.
Spokesperson Darrell Carlin says he is not surprised by the men’s
reaction as police have a terrible reputation
“It appears police management and the Labour Government are not listening
to the growing outrage of fathers
– tragedy is the path they are choosing.” Mr Carlin says while
his union doesn’t suggest fathers take the law into
their own hands, he expects it will happen again.
In California, he claims, laws were changed in 1979 to give fathers equal
rights to their children only after judges,
lawyers and police were killed by disgruntled fathers who had their children
“What we’ve been saying for some time is that in New Zealand
we should learn from that experience,
but suppression rules surrounding the Family Court prevent fathers speaking
out and venting their outrage in the
“Add to that the bullying by police and it is becoming increasingly
clear that the peaceful road is not achieving
However, Wainuiomata police sergeant Mike Coulter says police opinion doesn’t
enter in to it and their role is
“The court grants an order after considering all the facts and it’s
the job of the police enforce (sic) the orders.”
(Permission to post on Web granted by Editor, Peter Bartlett, by telephone
on 21 February 2003.)