Cops set up a checkpoint to gather info on a possible murder. What?s wrong with that?

I’ve watched with interest as the left-wing goes troppo over Police actually doing their job.

Until we change the law, helping someone take their life is murder. Cops have used a creative way to gather intel. ?Well within their scope.

The checkpoint was used to gain information on those they believed were importing drugs for assisted suicide.

The coroner advised police at the end of August that a death in June he was looking into involved a Class C controlled substance, and that the death had no suspicious circumstances surrounding it.

Police began an investigation into several other deaths which looked like they may involve aiding and abetting suicide, which is illegal and punishable in New Zealand by up to 14 years in prison.

Earlier this month, police stopped seven cars leaving the pro-euthanasia meeting and interviewed about nine people over the following days.

Police insist the checkpoint was not an investigation into pro-euthanasia advocates, but rather an essential part of the case investigation.

“We must fulfil our journey to preserve life, and our obligation to investigate serious offences such as aiding and abetting suicide, regardless of the strength of the feeling of the issue,” said Wellington Acting District Commander Paul Basham.

Mr Basham could not say whether the actions of police at the checkpoint were legal or not, simply repeating that officers were acting in good faith to do their job.

Police have taken the rare step of referring themselves to the Independent Police Complaints Authority (IPCA), who will decide whether the actions of police were legal.

What this is really about is an attempt to get a hit on Judith Collins as Police Minister.

The Police have a hard enough job as it is without whining busybodies like Maryan Street carping on.

The Voluntary Euthanasia Society is calling for an apology and has laid its own complaint with the IPCA.

“I think it is an absolutely extraordinary thing that the police have done in this fishing expedition, because that’s essentially what it was,” said Society president Maryan Street.

“They’ve gone beyond the bounds of their responsibility.”

Since Street raised responsibility. It was her bill that was pulled from the ballot and subsequently dropped by her and David Cunliffe because they didn’t want to distract from their forlorn attempt to win the 2014 election. If anyone is responsible for this it is her, because if that bill was still in parliament it is likely it would have been passed by now.

Instead, they pulled it for a Vote Positive/Dirty Politics campaign that backfired leaving them with another loss and still no euthanasia reform.