What happened to police discretion?

From the Southland Times today

Alarm as grieving dad gets charged
 Would-be rescuer and Central Otago Mayor Tony Lepper says he cannot understand why the devastated father of a boy killed in Lake Dunstan last week has been charged over the incident.

…Family First New Zealand national director Bob McCoskrie said the timing of the charges lacked compassion and discretion. A crime had been committed but the purpose of charging someone was a punishment. However, Mr Macwan was already dealing with a “life sentence”, he said. “They certainly seemed quick to lay the charges … they should be far more sensitive to the tragic outcome. “Let him bury his son without having to appear in court in the same week.” The Southland Times website was busy yesterday with comments from people who believed the charges against Mr Macwan were “inappropriate and pointless”.


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