Rapper’s Twitter direct messages with Jacinda Ardern are leaked revealing the Kiwi leader’s opposition to cops being armed with guns
- New Zealand police are trialing specialist teams of officers armed with guns
- Trial comes after 51 people killed by a gunman at Christchurch mosque in March
- PM Jacinda Ardern told rapper Tom Scott she doesn’t want the plan to go ahead
Private messages between New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern and a rapper have been leaked.
A six-month trial involving of specialist armed police teams is currently underway in parts of New Zealand after 51 people were killed by a gunman at Christchurch mosque in March.
However, the prime minister told rapper Tom Scott she doesn’t agree with the plan.
Private messages between Jacinda Ardern (pictured) and a rapper have been leaked and show the New Zealand leader is opposed to police carrying guns
Rapper Tom Scott shared the private messages he was sent by the New Zealand prime minister about guns
‘I don’t support the general arming of the police. Never will,’ she said in the messages that were posted to Twitter on Thursday.
‘Won’t happen while I’m in this job. That we do get a say in.’
The trial of the Armed Response Teams involves Armed Offenders Squad members in speciality vehicles who are equipped with Glock pistols and Bushmaster rifles.
The units are a response to the Christchurch terror attack in March, where 51 people were killed by a gunman at a mosque.
Police commissioner, Mike Bush told Radio New Zealand an increase in gun crime was also behind the new armed patrol teams.
Mr Scott, who goes by the stage name Avantdale Bowling Club, is among the group opposed to the patrol teams.
A number of residents feel the units are unnecessary and a petition calling for it to be scrapped has gathered more than 7,500 signatures.
Fears have also been raised that the teams will result in more offenders being shot.
The prime minister told rapper Tom Scott she doesn’t want the plan to go ahead (pictured the conversation on Twitter)