The Utah HAKA

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

THE first time the po­lice in the small Utah state town of Roo­sevelt saw the haka, they thought a riot was hap­pen­ing. So they used pep­per spray and ba­tons on the spec­ta­tors per­form­ing New Zealand’s na­tive Maori chal­lenge fol­low­ing a high school game of Amer­i­can foot­ball.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the po­lice of Roo­sevelt, 230km east of Salt Lake City, cleared their own of­fi­cers of wrong­do­ing in the Oc­to­ber in­ci­dent.

But the Utah branch of the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union said the po­lice re­port was “any­thing but ob­jec­tive,” and noted 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. – Sapa-ap

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