Brash calls police on reverse racism and sexism over failure to charge dildo nurse

The woman who threw a dildo at government minister Steven Joyce may have escaped prosecution because she was Maori and female, former National leader Don Brash has suggested.

Police have dismissed the accusation, saying race and gender have “absolutely no relevance” when deciding whether or not to prosecute somebody.

Anti-TPPA protester Josie Butler, a nurse, hit the headlines after flinging the squeaky toy in Joyce’s face while he was at Waitangi.

Butler only received a pre-charge warning, while John Andrew Howland – the man who tipped brown sludge over Gerry Brownlee on Monday – pleaded guilty to assault after a decision to charge him.

He’s got a point.

Something was thrown at a minister.? One was charged, one wasn’t.? What is the difference??

Brash, who was himself splattered with mud while attending Waitangi events in 2004, believed Butler should have been charged for her attack on Joyce.

“She regarded it as a joke, [but] I don’t think it is a joke throwing something at a minister…

“Had it been a brick, hopefully she would have been prosecuted, the fact it was a sex toy apparently doesn’t warrant prosecution.”

He had heard suggestions that Butler’s race and gender may have played a role in the police decision.

“The cynic says that [Butler] was not charged because she was a woman, or perhaps because she was Maori – I don’t know, that’s the cynical reaction – whereas the guy who threw the brown stuff at Gerry Brownlee was a male Pakeha.

“Whether there’s anything in that, I don’t know, but I’ve heard that comment voiced by a number of people.”

There is certainly a lack of consistency there.

 

– NZ Herald

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