It was devastating to learn the victim of motorway murder, the driver killed by the pakeha police shooter, was a brother, Halatau Naitoko, 17. TEAA
Mourners pay their respects to Halatau Naitoko at the start of his funeral. More than 1,000 mourners attended the traditional Tonga funeral. Photo: JOHN SELKIRK/Dominion Post. Image may be subject to copyright. Photo added on January 30, 2009.
“I am feeling very sad. I just want to speak to the person that killed my brother and asked him why he took my brother away from us,” said Paea Fangu Fangu, the 16-year-old brother of Halatau.
The following was sent in by a reader:
What part of the equation don’t you understand?
New Zealand paramilitary police thugs are allowed to shoot to kill Maori [and Polynesians,] even the innocent bystanders. Doesn’t that remind you of the same protection Israeli thugs receive from their govt when they kill innocent people in the occupied Palestine?
Both the Zionist Jewish PM of New Zealand, John Key, and Zionist Jewish Police Minister, Judith Collins, have expressed their condolences to the family of Maori who was shot dead by a police shooter 3 days ago.
Mr Key even went out of his way to say financial assistance with the funeral had been offered.
To say that the cold blood murder of Mr Halatau Naitoko, 17, a courier driver, was strange would be an understatement. His family are puzzled over how he was killed, and have been trying to re-enact the fatal motorway scene on the lounge room floor, using cushions. They are trying to “get their heads round” how their son was shot and killed by the New Zealand paramilitary police thugs.
Family spokesman Peter Sykes said the family was desperate to know how the accident unfolded. “They have been rearranging cushions from the couch to see where everyone was during the incident to try to get a better understanding of what happened. A report said.
“They still can’t work out how he managed to get shot. It gave them some ideas, but it still doesn’t answer their questions.”
“Police went to the family’s house yesterday to apologise for the incident, but it brought little relief to his mother, Ivoni Fuimaono, who said she wanted a face-to-face meeting with the person who shot her son. ‘I really want to see him, what he looks like, and get to know what happened. In a few days’ time I won’t be able to hug or kiss my son ever again.'” The report added.
Police Minister Judith Collins said the Government would help with costs, giving the family “whatever it needs.”
[How about giving back their son’s life? Since you and Mr Key had absolute power over his death, perhaps you can, at least, try to bring him back.]
The Police Association president, Greg O’Connor, said that, while the outcome was tragic, the officers involved also needed support.
[How about buying him a bigger gun, Mr Greg O’Connor?]
“The outcome is tragic for all concerned but these are sometimes the harsh realities of policing.”
Harsh realities indeed. the sort of realities that no doubt force the government to arm their shooters with shoot-to-kill policy.
Greg O’Connor said Mr Naitoko’s killing was a tragedy, but police were given very little choice about their actions.
Former police inspector and MP Ross Meurant said the police shooter who killed Mr Halatau Naitoko should be prosecuted.
Council chairman Melino Maka said the unlawful killing of one person by another had occurred.
“In my dictionary, that means manslaughter. I don’t see how the Naitoko family are going to get any form of justice in this situation,” Mr Maka said.
“I think most New Zealanders would like to think that a law-abiding citizen, minding their own business, could not be shot to death by police in this country.
“While the police may have apprehended the man at the centre of the car chase, a 17-year-old is dead. You can’t call that a satisfactory outcome,” Mr Maka added.