'I've lost my confidence in the police' - euthanasia group member

Drive 15/03/2018
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It has been revealed that police broke the law when they set up a breath-testing checkpoint and collected information to identify attendees of a euthanasia meeting.

After a pro-euthanasia group Exit International meeting in Lower Hutt in October 2016, police stopped vehicles at a nearby checkpoint to collect the names and addresses of attendees.

One of those attendees was Linda Young who joined Ryan Bridge and Lisa Owen on Drive.

Ms Young said that after the police sting “several people had their computers confiscated, and I was very concerned about any emails that I might have sent mentioning names of other people. I felt sick”.

We are all obviously law abiding citizens so we were pretty terrified by the attention

Ms Young said that the police that attended were friendly, young and pleasant.

Police had been monitoring the Exit International meeting as part of an investigation into the death of an elderly woman who'd ingested pentobarbitone - a drug used to euthanise animals.

Ms Young made a complaint to the Privacy Commissioner immediately after the event and is concerned about where the instruction came from within the police hierarchy and what the motivation may have been.

Listen to the full interview with Linda Young above.

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Parts of this article originally appeared on Newshub.