National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

FBI in New Zealand: The Dotcom Raid

Early morning raid.  Special paramilitary units with automatic weapons.  Helicopters.  Dogs.  Illegal search warrant. The New Zealand reporters, sadly, but accurately, observe that all this seems  “American.”   We are then informed that the FBI was indeed on the scene.  The extent to which the bureau planned or “advised” the host country on how to conduct this raid is not yet known.

Dotcom is not the Pablo Escobar of New Zealand.  He is the subject of a copyright fraud investigation!  The destruction-of-evidence justification for the show of force seems spurious because (a) that would seem to justify such tactics in just about any criminal case; and (b) why not just arrest Dotcom away from his mansion, away from the pregnant wife and children?

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