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Reasonable force

J Nakarawa Hamilton, NZ It appears from some letters to this column that escaped prisoners should accept the punishment dealt out to them under the concept of reasonable force when
14 Oct 2012 09:19

J Nakarawa
Hamilton, NZ
It appears from some letters to this column that escaped prisoners should accept the punishment dealt out to them under the concept of reasonable force when they are recaptured.
The ideal behind the argument is inescapable, that as prisoners, they do not have human rights.
Do we like our prisoners to be treated as detainees of the war on terror in the US; that evil people forfeit their rights?
As one stated: “We stopped asking for human rights – we want animal rights.”
In Camp X-Ray my cage was right next to a kennel housing an Alsatian dog. He had wooden house with air conditioning and green grass to exercise on. I said to the guards “I want his rights” and they replied “that dog is a member of the US army”.
Is it too much to ask our law enforcement agencies to be reasonable in the exercise of authority, which in any event should be carried out within the ambit of the law?




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