African rangatahi feel traumatised by Police

  • Tāmaki Makaurau

E rere ana ngā whakapae a ētahi rangatahi nō Awherika i Aotearoa nei, kei te ngāukinotia ō rātou wairua nā ngā mahi tūkino ā ngā pirihimana. E toru tekau mā tahi tau te pakeke o tētahi uri nō Awherika kei Aotearoa nei e noho ana, kei te pākia tonutia ia e te mate pōuri, mai anō i tētahi tukinga ki ngā pirihimana, he tekau tau ki muri.

Ka hoki ngā mahara o Marvin,i nga tekau tau ki muri, ka tūtaki ia ki ngā pirihimana tokorua i a ia e noho ana ki roto i tōna motaka kua pakaru, i te taha o te huarahi matua o Tāmaki Makaurau.

“The policeman came to out of the car and rushed to where I was, so I quickly got out of the car to meet them halfway. He said, ‘what are you doing umm reversing on the motorway at this time of night nigger don't you know that's unsafe’, words to that effect,” hei tā Marvin no Kenya.

Koia tētehi o ngā rangatahi toru tekau mā tahi, kua pākia nei i roto i tētehi rīpoata, nā Tākuta Camilee Nakhid, kairangahau o Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makaurau i tuhi.

“Walking in groups they're stopped, they're profiled, they're recorded, they're harassed, and some of them have been suspected of stealing cars.  If they approach the police, they will be handcuffed thrown against the bonnet. Provoked by the Police.  The police are calling them niggers.  They're pulling them out of their cars and calling them monkeys,” hei tā Nakhid.

Hei tā Marvin, kua ngākaukino te wairua o te hunga kua pākia nei, “A lot of them are suffering from depression.  They're remaining quite in their homes, self-medicating or even like experimenting with drugs to numb their pain.  Avoiding family because of the shame.”

Hei tā Wally Haumaha, Māngai mō Te Tari Pirihimana. E matekeri ana te Tari Pirihimana i ngā whakapae i roto i te rīpoata, ka puta i te rā nei, ara, nā ētehi pirihimana i mahi hē ki ētehi rangatahi iwi Mangumangu, ahakoa kāore anō ka kitea.

E manako ana a Tākuta Nakhid, mā tana rīpoata ka puta ai ngā hua pai, “We would like to have a holistic approach to it because you do not want it to be just those police, because it's police culture and that needs to be changed. To bring awareness, make New Zealand aware of what's going on, because many people don't.”

Āpōpō tū ai tētehi hui o ngā taiohi Iwi Mangumangu ki Sandringham, Tāmaki Makurau, mā te hapori me ngā pirihimana ki te āta wetewete i te kaupapa.