Tag Archive: 2019 Whakaari/White Island erruption

Give the police the benefit of the doubt

Yesterday saw the tragic eruption of Whakaari/White Island which claimed the lives of at least six people. However, the police have come under fire for not going to the island – which meant that independent operators did the rescuing.

It’s not a great look when independents are outdoing the police at police work.

But at this time I think it’s unfair to criticize the police. They have people that are paid a lot of money to make the decisions about dangerous situations like this.

For the moment, I’m willing to trust their decision making. After the crisis is resolved, then is the time to question their actions and find out what led into those choices.

Not before. For now we should stop the armchair criticism and let them do their joba.