Yup. In the same way you can't outswim a shark, you can't outrun a land-shark.
It's funny that the whole age thing even comes into play, given the amount of young teenagers or pre-teens who want to commit adult crimes.
I feel I might have already told this story on here but when I was frontline we had a failing to stop along Tamaki Drive late one night with a stolen Toyota Landcruiser that was being used in a series of robberies and various other types of crime around the city. We had the helicopter overhead so as per protocol, they took the lead in the pursuit and we pulled back. The offenders ditched the car in a street in a swanky street in St Heliers and split up in different directions. The car was overloaded with about 6 or 7 people so the helicopter was directing cops to the locations of the offenders, spread across 4 or 5 properties in the street.
I got directed to go and grab someone who was hiding down the side of the house. I'd left my torch in the car in my haste to get out. When the guys in eagle suddenly said my offender was making a run for it, and was going to directly cross my path down the side of the house, I couldn't see much. We had no idea what we were going into or who we might end up arresting, so I saw the dark figure flash across in front of me and I laid on possibly the best tackle I've ever made in my life. Hard and flush, right up under the rib cage, with my full weight landing on top of them. The sound of all the air escaping their lungs was fairly satisfying to me, given I was full of adrenaline from the chase.
Turns out the offender I tackled was a moderately sized 13 year old girl, who had been in the car, had been involved in all of the robberies, and who had a pocket knife and a screw driver in her pocket.
The point of the story (other than that 13 year olds are suprisingly satisfying to tackle) is that I had no idea of the age or race of the person I was using force on, as the dog handler in the story wouldn't have, and even if I had known their race, it wouldn't have mattered in a fluid situation. Also, 13 year olds are committing adult crimes with greater frequency, and a 13 year old swinging a knife would kill or maim an officer just as well as a 40 year old swinging a knife. It's a shame Marama Fox can't grasp this concept before she opens her mouth and cries racism.