Police face increasing violence from disrespectful teens

NZPA 16 May 2007
Police are facing increasing violence from teenagers who have no respect for officers and don’t fear the consequences, says the Police Association. In the past 10 days, police have been on the receiving end of violence and intimidating behaviour from young people in both Christchurch and Levin. ..Police Association president Greg O’Connor said today more teenagers were willing to abuse police because they didn’t fear the consequences. He believes media scrutiny of the police over the past few years is partly to blame. “Police have been under pretty constant attack through the media over the last two or three years and you’ve got people growing up seeing that,” he told Radio New Zealand.