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ian

And as if anyone needed proof...here's how the mainstream media can manage to screw up an easy story.

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/66909.html

That's a link from a wire story from an accredited news agency at the NZ Parliament..

The Investigate story has grown in the re-telling:

"Wellington- New Zealand's police chief Howard Broad has escaped investigation over alleged corruption and sexual misconduct, an independent investigative body said Monday. A fortnight ago, the monthly magazine Investigate published claims of widespread rape, corruption and intimidation by Howard..."

Oh really? Where did my article say Broad was guilty of any of those things?

And these press gallery journos have the chutzpah to lay into me about my stories, when processing a simple news release seems beyond them...

Lord, give me strength.

fletch

It all makes me angry. I mean, the facts are out there! Evidence of wrongdoing is right out in front of the public eye! WTF is wrong with this country? There is no such thing as justice anymore, just complacency.

Whaleoil

Release some more docs and ram the point home.

Psycho Milt

"Evidence of wrongdoing is right out in front of the public eye!"

No, it isn't. Allegations of wrongdoing are right out in front of the public eye - there's a big difference. As it happens, I agree that such an accumulation of allegations raises suspicion and should probably be investigated, but it may conceivably turn out to be "evidence" of nothing more than someone having made a lot of enemies over the years.

Fletch

OK, I meant evidence of allegations - I wrote my post quickly before going to bed last night.

But still, how can this just be fobbed off? All the news reports make it sound like the PCA has 'dismissed' the complaints, ie, that they couldn't find any wrongdoing. The media makes no mention of the PCA report acknowledging that the allegations are serious and that Parliament does not give the PCA the functions of a Commission of Inquiry.

Instead you get -

Police Complaints Authority head Justice Lowell Goddard, QC, said yesterday that no claims from the magazine required investigation or action by the authority without specific complaints

And -

Police Association president Greg O'Connor said the fact the magazine's allegations were not being investigated meant the authority had "seen the Investigate magazine article for the spurious muck-racking it is"

What a cop-out!
It doesn't mean that at all.

peter

Greg O'Connnor, secretary of the Police Association, says that the allegations in Investigate are being treated with the contempt they deserve.

So predictable,

You are now in very familiar territory Ian!

dad4justice

Police association president Egg O’Connor writes in our local paper March 15th words describing my blog attack on the Internet, “ the ravings of a lunatic”. I have helped police with things like murder etc… and they have repaid me by trying to kill me – fact!! My partner, who has a permanent disability, because a dirty cop assaulted her in front of her two teenage daughters at Christmas time has no faith in them.Our children hate them !! The mere thought of the filthy low life cops makes me nauseous. Why can’t they admit they get things wrong? Are they not human like the rest of us?

Treetop

Ian are you able to tell me why PNHQ did not use the PCA to investigate the Manukau police? Surely this sets a precedent in having a constable investigated. I find it very disturbing that there is not a very low cost public forum where a person can go to about/or to have police corruption investigated.

peter

“Only residents of a banana republic would be comfortably reassured by today’s developments," said Wishart.

Yes it is Investigate's "banana republic" mentality that means that it will always be a clanging cymbol. Investigate is the modern version of a rotten tomato thrower. Delights in putting New Zealand in the stocks.

It reminds me of Bishop Brian Tamaki. The 75th most trusted NZ in the list of 75 quoted by the NZ Herald.

He is now holiday making at Waitangi I believe, trying to suggest we live in a country which has Christianity as an official religion.

Thanks for nothing Brian.

dad4justice

Without prejudice;
The supreme leader KlarK backs the PCA decision, however she was reluctant to comment, but indicated she was satisfied. She said, “ There it rests, I suspect. It is an independent Police Complaints Authority.” KlarK liar said earlier this month that while liarbore mp’s knew of the allegations of sexual misconduct against detectives they did not try to cover them up as the Investigate magazine alleged in the 17-page spread.

Maybe KlarKs reluctance to speak on the issue is that she knows a retrial of David Bain would further damage police integrity (if possible) and as everybody knows the PCA is a corrupt toothless tiger where irrational and recently demoted judges get to spend endless hours fobbing people off?

I have over dozen replies from the farcical and callous PCA regarding my travesty of justice and I suppose this comment says it all ;

“ Police lie to protect each other , that’s just the way things are ” Senior Sergeant Arnold Kelly –Ashburton Police

Ouch another blog attack article in tomorrows press eh - Mr Egg O'Connor ?

You should hear about the disgraceful antic's of cops at the Rolly Tavern ........

Bring it on low lifes as I got nothing more to lose !!


baxta

Rickard, Shipman, and Schollum must be feeling a little disconcerted by this decision. The next test will be if the Goverment grants David BAIN a pardon instead of a retrial. A pardon would save the two detectives most involved in the Investigate article from being cross examined as to their credibility by Bain's QC.

Paul Marsden

And -

Police Association president Greg O'Connor said the fact the magazine's allegations were not being investigated meant the authority had "seen the Investigate magazine article for the spurious muck-racking it is"
What a cop-out!
It doesn't mean that at all.

Posted by: Fletch | May 29, 2007 at 08:46 AM

Hmmm.....Seems like O'Connor's comments have a similar sounding theme, of the PM's comments on the Ingham inquiry....

Paul Marsden

As a percentage of the populace, very few people actually come into contact with the police during the course of their lifetime. As I posted earlier, I believe that police corruption is 'widespread' but not endemic, and that perhaps only a very small percent of corruption instances could be classed as 'serious'. Only members (or ex members) of the police or, those affected in some way by their actions or, investigators or, a third party with privileged information would know of such instances.

I find it highly disturbing that people in high office can publicly dismiss the sworn affadavits of individuals, as nothing more than hypebole or, the rantings and ravings of a derranged lunatic. Why not test the veracity of these affadavits in a court of law? Could it be perhaps, that the courts are not always up to the task of determining the veracity of the sworn affadavits of individuals? If this is the case, surely then this brings into question of the competency of the courts and/or, how cases are heard?

Personally, I believe that the reactions of those in high office who have publicly condemed Wishart just might be the ones with the most to lose? Why not then call Wishart's bluff? Get him to deliver up the evidence and then challenge his accusations in a properly convened and competent court of law? (I assume they are not extinct in NZ?)


John Boy

A brave man calls Wishart's bluff Paul. Like him or not, he is careful.

I wouldn't bet against him but we know the ref is crooked so its tough to win.

peter

PAUL ASKS:

"Why not then call Wishart's bluff? Get him to deliver up the evidence and then challenge his accusations in a properly convened and competent court of law?"

Paul .. think of the cost of these proceedings, and the load that our justice system is under. Why waste resources on such an ill-founded case?

Investigate Magazine has not been elected to run this country. They never would be. Although in coalition with Brian Tamaki and the Exclusive Brethren they may crack 2 per cent at certain times!

sg5

I watch the Oz version of Sky News at Night, and at the moment the cops are digging up a paddock looking for the body of a woman who went missing, allegedly killed by a copper. He is being investigated by something called the Commission on Police Integrity. Do you know how that works over there Ian, and whether it is a toothless tiger, like our PCA, or not

sg5

That should be "Police Integrity Commission." The Commission on Police Integrity was in the U.S.

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