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The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 20 June 2020

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NZ Police Officer Murdered, One Suspect In Custody, One Still Being Sought By Police.

A New Zealand (NZ) Police Officer was killed yesterday, along with an officer wounded and a bystander suffering injuries from a vehicle; after a suspect opened fire on the officers during a routine traffic stop.

With a suspect in custody, another suspect, Natalie Jane Bracken, is still being sought by police. Bracken is known to have gang affiliations.

In the wake of recent Black Lives Matter protests in NZ and accusations of racism and police brutality leveled at the NZ Police, public sentiment toward police is at an all time low.

With gangs becoming increasingly brazen, methamphetamine use rampant, petty crime persistent and low public sentiment toward police, NZ is facing challenging times from a domestic security and law enforcement perspective.

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The Daily Quick-Look for 20 June 2020

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look is your at-a-glance look at several key events and situations around the world over the last 24 hours. Each headline contains the link to its source report.

BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.

FYSA = For Your Situational Awareness.

1. UNITED STATES, CHINA - Political/Economic/Security: US rejects Chinese airlines' request for additional flights

FYSA: The United States on Friday (Jun 19) rejected a request by Chinese airlines for additional weekly flights between the two countries, but said the decision was not meant to escalate tensions over travel restrictions. In a statement, the US Department of Transportation said the decision was made to "maintain the parity" in scheduled passenger services between the two countries, adding it was willing to review the decision if Chinese aviation authorities adjusted their policies affecting US carriers. (CNA. See link in heading)

2. IRELAND - Security (Health): Ireland says international quarantine to remain at least until July 9

BLUF: Ireland’s 14-day quarantine for people arriving from other countries will remain in place at least until July 9 and the government will review the issue at a meeting next week, acting prime minister Leo Varadkar said on Friday. (Reuters. See link in heading) Why It Matters: Europe continues to juggle the opening of borders with the avoiding of new spikes in COVID-19 cases, particularly for the summer tourist season.

3. INDIA/CHINA - Security/Political: India accuses China of preparing attack on border troops

FYSA: India has accused Chinese troops of meticulously preparing an attack on its soldiers on the treacherous Himalayan border, claiming they erected a tent on the Indian side, dammed a river, brought in machinery and then lay in wait with stones and batons wrapped in barbed wire. The incident on Monday night, in which 20 Indian soldiers died and 76 were injured, was the worst violence between India and China for 45 years. China has not said whether it sustained any casualties. Ten Indian soldiers who were reportedly captured by Chinese troops during the attack were back in India on Thursday night. China said it had not seized any Indian personnel. (The Guardian. See link in heading).

4. HONG KONG - Security/Political: China hits back at U.N. rights chief on Hong Kong legislation

FYSA: China said on Friday that “improper” remarks by the United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet regarding the national security legislation proposed for Hong Kong “grossly interfere in China’s sovereignty and internal affairs”. (Reuters. See link in heading)

5. CHINA - Security (Health): China sees European virus strain in Beijing, WHO says more study needed

FYSA: China said on Friday it had identified a European strain of coronavirus as having sparked the recent Beijing outbreak, while the World Health Organization said only that it had been imported from outside the city and needed further investigation. (RNZ. See link in heading)

6. AUSTRALIA - Security (Cyber): Australia cyber attacks: PM Morrison warns of 'sophisticated' state hack

FYSA: Australia's government and institutions are being targeted by ongoing sophisticated state-based cyber hacks, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says. Mr Morrison said the cyber attacks were widespread, covering "all levels of government" as well as essential services and businesses. He declined to identify a specific state actor and said no major personal data breaches had been made. The attacks have happened over many months and are increasing, he said. The prime minister said his announcement on Friday was intended to raise public awareness and to urge businesses to improve their defences. But he stressed that "malicious" activity was also being seen globally, making it not unique to Australia. (BBC. See link in heading)

7. NEW ZEALAND - Security: West Auckland police shooting: Man charged, appears in court

BLUF: The man accused of murdering Constable Matthew Hunt has appeared in the Waitākere District Court - but cannot be named or identified because of suppression orders. And police are hunting 30-year-old Auckland woman Natalie Jane Bracken who they believe may have assisted the alleged killer avoid arrest. The 24-year-old murder accused has appeared via audio visual link from another part of the courthouse - a process that remains in place after the Covid-19 lockdown. Interim suppression orders were granted preventing the Herald publishing the man's name and any identifying details including his occupation. (NZH. See link in heading) Why It Matters: With public sentiment in New Zealand (NZ) toward the police at an all time low (with BLM protests playing a significant part in this, along with accusations of racism and brutality by sectors of the NZ community), mixed with the increasingly brazen gang activity (openly refusing to comply with firearms laws, challenging police on COVID-19 rules and winning, participating in illegal checkpoints with police doing nothing), persistent methamphetamine use and petty crime; NZ stands at the precipice of a challenging time for domestic security and law enforcement.

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