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SALT LAKE CITY: Police in the small Utah town of Roosevelt who used pepper spray and batons on spectators performing the haka at a high school American football game, have been cleared of wrongdoing.
It was the first time the police had seen New Zealand's native Maori challenge performed and took action against the fans, including a dozen people from a single family, one aged 4.
An investigation by the police of Roosevelt, 230 kilometres east of Salt Lake City, cleared their own officers of misconduct in the October incident and said their actions were appropriate because they feared a riot was imminent.
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But the Utah branch of the American Civil Liberties Union said the police report was "anything but objective" in a letter sent this week to Duchesne County Attorney Stephen Foote.
The ACLU was concerned that the decision to pepper spray during a cultural ritual may have violated the spectators' constitutional rights, wrote interim director Joseph Cohn.
He also noted that the police failed to consider a video of the haka or statements from 15 witnesses who said they did not feel threatened by the performance.
A haka, which usually lasts less than a minute, has been performed by New Zealand rugby teams as a pre-match challenge for more than 120 years around the world.
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Originally posted by Rockpuck
Sure we can blame the cops from some small podunk town for not being "culturally aware" of some obscure taunting dance by some obscure sub-culture of a nation with the population half that of New Jersey
Or we can blame the retarded immigrants who went to a podunk towns football game and started screaming in peoples faces and got pepper sprayed in the face for their efforts.
I know I'm not very politically correct, but stupid people in general just piss me off.
Unfortunatly, this is where your rational thinking falls flat on its arse. Becasue American cops do not have half a clue. They truly don't. (nor do UK cops btw) They are pathetic surplus human scum.
Originally posted by Kryties
The Kiwi's have been doing the Haka before every game for 120 years, you would think the American cops would at least have half a clue before pulling out the riot control.
I dare you to walk up to a Kiwi and describe his country that way, I guarantee it will not be a pleasant meeting.
You are clearly clueless of other cultures. The Haka is a well respected tradition that has been performed for over 120 years, to call it 'obscure' and the people who performed it 'retarded immigrants' just shows how culturally insensitive and closed off from the outside world you are.
Becasue American cops do not have half a clue. They truly don't. (nor do UK cops btw) They are pathetic surplus human scum.
Originally posted by Aim64C
Not concerned with the amount of time and resources it will require to track down such a small and insignificant population of people.
But if I ever get the opportunity, I will be sure to send you a copy of his medical bills.
I've never heard of it.
Nor have many other Americans.
It is pretty #ing arrogant to go around presuming the rest of the world knows about your pre-game saber-rattling routine.
It's not even about the culture. These people were blocking traffic, for one. They were also assuming an aggressive posture.
They stand for fear and hatred, they inflict pain and suffering on innocent people time and time again.
They are a law unto themselves and they see the public as nothing more than pawns who they get to push around.
They are bullies, they protect the goverments, not the people.
THEY ARE SURPLUS SCUM.
I will never speak to one as a human being, becasue I do not see them as human, they are a sub species who thrive on intimidation and threats. How can anyone respect that?