Monday, October 13, 2014
Mike Butler: Playing young Maori crims for votes
Flavell raised the issue about a year ago and again in April this year in the presence of a United Nations delegation.
Latest Ministry of Justice figures show the number of children and young people charged in Youth Court is the lowest in 20 years, although the proportion of young Maori compared with non-Maori is rising.
Six years ago, Maori represented 48 per cent of youths facing charges in the Youth Court. The latest figures reveal that has jumped to 57 per cent.
Outgoing Police Minister Anne Tolley disputed the claims of racism by saying "police prosecute people because they commit a crime, not because of their race".
Figures Flavell waved around Parliament last year showed a 3.9 percent higher prosecution rate for thefts by Maori.
For the 3495 theft apprehensions recorded as Caucasian there were 588 prosecutions. For Maori, for the 5660 apprehensions recorded, 1173 resulted in prosecution, giving prosecution rates of 16.8 percent and 20.7 percent respectively.
Flavell appears oblivious that Maori commit a staggering greater number of offences.
With a total of 18,003 offences committed by young Maori in 2011 and 11,686 for Caucasian, there are still many more and proportionally many more offences committed by Maori since Maori only make up 16 percent of the population.
Flavell’s call for a review to find out why the justice system is allegedly failing Maori is either dopey in the extreme or a cynical attempt to blame the wicked white coloniser in a bid to raise his profile in Parliament.
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