Bent Cops

25 ROGUES` GALLERY, are all cops bastards?


“What goes around Does NOT come around….unless you make it so.

Karma is a cop-out for those too lazy, stupid and cowardly to get their own back. ”

OscarJ 7/9/2007

Cops on the wrong side of the law

By Amelia Wade Email Amelia

Jan 7, 2013

Arrests show police are scrupulous in weeding out wrong-doers, says officers’ union.

The national manager of professional standards, Detective Superintendent Sue Schwalger said police took a zero-tolerance approach to criminal behaviour in their ranks.

At least 67 police staff have been arrested in the past three years while serving on the force. Some of the charges include dealing LSD, assault, drink-driving and theft.

The Police Association say even one arrest was too many.

In the year to August, 10 police staff – sworn and non-sworn – had been arrested on charges including assault with a blunt instrument, theft of property under $500, theft of a motor vehicle and drink driving.

The districts which led the criminal behaviour were Canterbury and Waitemata, according to police figures released to the Herald under the Official Information Act.

In 2011, 28 police employees were arrested on charges including impersonating police, assault with intent to injure, unlawful sexual connection to a female and obstructing the course of justice.

Then, the districts with the greatest number of police arrested were Counties Manukau and Wellington with seven in each.

Police Association president Greg O’Connor said the figures clearly showed that police don’t look after their own – in fact they do the opposite.

“If there were no police officers being arrested and charged ever, I think the public would have rightfully more concern that there was covering up.

“No one who has had anything to do with police – particularly lawyers who look after police officers – would ever say anything other than they’re absolutely and utterly thorough.”

Mr O’Connor said many of the cases highlighted by the figures would have been found not guilty by the courts because, had they been a civilian, they probably would not have been charged.

And he wanted to reiterate that not all of those arrested were police employees but were police staff.

“But even one is too many,” Mr O’Connor said.

The national manager of professional standards, Detective Superintendent Sue Schwalger said police took a zero-tolerance approach to criminal behaviour in their ranks.

Wherever there was evidence of criminal offending, Ms Schwalger said, it was treated in the same manner as that of the public and was subject to the same tests. (S0 they replace Hudson and Gibson with Schwalger and carry on as usual.)

“The police have one of the consistently highest ratings of any government agency in terms of public trust and confidence, and we want to ensure that remains the case,” Ms Schwalger said.

“However, these numbers are not reflective of the efforts of the remaining 12,000 police staff who come to work every day to make a positive difference to make our roads and communities safer.”

In October, a survey found public trust in the police had fallen, and support for a beefed-up Independent Police Conduct Authority was strong.

The Horizon Research police performance survey questioned 756 adults via email about their attitudes towards the police.

Just over 80 per cent of respondents wanted complaints about police to be investigated independently and support for added powers for the IPCA was also strong, 76.3 per cent of those polled believing the authority should have the power to initiate a prosecution against police officers.

Police Minister Anne Tolley questioned the methodology of the survey at the time it was released.

Later that month, police were on the receiving end of a High Court ruling which found they breached the court process by faking the prosecution of an undercover officer to protect his cover as he infiltrated the Nelson gang.

At the time, Deputy Police Commissioner Mike Bush said the New Zealand police force was “absolutely focused on the trust and con-fidence that the New Zealand public has in it”.

Police in the dock

2012 to August: 10 arrests
*Assault with blunt instrument.
*Theft of property (under $500).
*Theft of motor vehicle.
*Impersonating a police officer. (How’s that done then?)
*Driving with excess blood alcohol.
*Breath alcohol level over 400 mcg/litre.
*Driving a motor vehicle in a dangerous manner.
*Five withheld (due to suppression orders).

2011: 28 arrests
*Accessing computer system for a dishonest purpose (2).
*Assaulting person with blunt instrument (2).
*Assault with intent to injure.
*Attempted unlawful sexual connection with female over 16.
*Breach of local liquor ban.
*Breath alcohol level over 400 mcg/litre.
*Careless or inconsiderate driving causing death or injury (2).
*Common assault (2).
*Criminal breaches of trust.
*Driving a motor vehicle in a dangerous manner (3).
*Driving with excess blood alcohol (2).
*Indecently assaulting a female over 16 (2).
*Being a male, assaulted a female.
*Obstructing the course of justice (2).
*Operating a motor vehicle carelessly.
*Participation in organised criminal group (2).
*Resisting police (2).
*Taking document for pecuniary advantage (2).
*Theft of property (under $500) (2).
*Theft by person in special relationship (3).
*Unlawful sexual connection with a female over 16.
*Wilful damage.
*Wounding – intent to injure.
*One withheld (due to suppression orders).

2010: 29 arrests
*Assault with intent to injure.
*Breath alcohol level over 400 mcg/litre.
*Common assault .
*Common assault (Crimes Act) (3).
*Disorderly behaviour.
*Driving contrary to a limited licence.
*Driving with excess blood alcohol content (6).
*Exceeding a 100km/h posted speed limit.
*Failing to stop or ascertain injury or non-injury.
*Indecently assaulting female over 16 (3).
*Obscene exposure.
*Obstructing the course of justice.
*Offensive behaviour (3).
*Operating a vehicle carelessly (2).
*Other common assault.
*Other common assault (Crimes Act) (2).
*Other miscellaneous intimidation and threat.
*Possession of LSD for supply.
*Dealing LSD.
*Taking document for pecuniary advantage.
*Theft by person in special relationship.
*Unlawful possession of a restricted weapon.
*Using or permitting telephone to be used.
*Wilful trespass.
*One withheld.

By Amelia Wade Email

BLiP 9

The New Zealand police force is a law unto itself and has gained that position by doing favours for its so-called political masters. First under Judith Collins, then under Anne Tolley and now the equally useless Michael Woodhouse, the police force has been allowed to get away with virtually anything so long as it maintains the public confidence and doesn’t cause any negative publicity for the National Ltd™ Cult of John Key, While we know the publicity angle is covered by the strategedy of once-removed-ergo-“not me” and a fawning MSM, exactly how the police force manages to maintain public confidence is a mystery. Since the National Ltd™ Cult of John Key managed to worm its way into power, we have seen . . .

05/12/08 – Wellington police officer Jason Manu Casson is discharged without conviction for stealing $90.

11/12/08 – Another police chase, another crash.

16/12/08 – Palmerston North police officer Timothy Hesketh, 27, who lied during investigations and showed no remorse was found guilty of breaking a prisoner’s neck yet escapes a jail sentence.

09/02/09 – A police recruit escapes assault charges and is permitted to graduate with any sanction or note on his personal file. He first posting was South Auckland.

11/02/09 – Lower Hutt police leave confidential documents behind after executing a search warrant putting witnesses at risk of gang violence and then fail to own up at a subsequent IPCA enquiry. The inquiry noted: “The conflicting accounts given by the two officers, and the facts that no officer has taken responsibility for the loss of the Operation Order and that the Police investigator has not been able to identify that officer, are undesirable. Whilst there is no evidence of criminal conduct in relation to the loss of the order, its loss does amount to misconduct.” The Mongrel Mob say they know who left the report behind but were never interviewed.

17/03/09 – The IPCA criticises police for their continuing failure to develop procedures for the prompt drug and alcohol testing of officers involved in serious incidents.

27/03/09 – A Christchurch officer broke a number of police protocols in the lead up to the fatal shooting of Stephen Bellingham. The IPCA finds that the unnamed officer: did not tell his communications controller he was going to the scene, nor did he advise them he was armed, failed to brief two other officers who were on their way to the scene so that he could tackle Bellingham with support, and, crucially, a dog patrol unit, which would have been a huge asset to the effort to contain Bellingham, was diverted to another crime.

30/03/09 – Nelson police officer Anthony Dale Bridgman is convicted of two counts of dangerous driving after he pulled out in front of two motorcyclists, seriously injuring both.

24/03/09 – Another police chase, another crash.

19/05/09 – Head of the Police Prosecution Service Superintendent Graham Thomas steps down after it is revealed that he refused to undergo a breath test.

29/05/09 IPCA states that Auckland Police officer Constable Aaron Holmes was breaking the law and ignoring official policy when he seriously injured innocent teenage Farhat Buksh.

20/06/09 – An unnamed police officer is reprimanded for writing out the employment details of a driver on a speeding ticket as “kitchen bitch”.

25/07/09 – Northland police run down two pedestrians, killing one and injuring another.

15/08/09 – An Auckland constable is suspended after it was alledged that he leaked sensitive information to help a known criminal to avoid arrest. The unnamed officer was in a squad which targets “volume crime”, in particular burglaries, and had access to the police intelligence database.

05/08/09 – Hamilton police tell a disabled man they are too busy to investigate the alleged theft of $1600.

07/09/09 – Senior Instructor at the Porirua Police College, Detective Sergeant John Gualter, is convicted for drunk driving after being found to have an alcohol reading at more than twice the legal limit.

09/09/09 – A Wellington man has his neck broken by a police baton while a party is being shut down.

19/09/09 – Auckland police officer Constable Matt Hooper is charged with perverting the course of justice after attempting to make use of a legal loop hole to avoid drunk driving charges.

26/09/09 – National Head of Police Professional Standards, Superintendent Jon Moss resigns after news of an affair he had with a junior colleague comes to light. Moss helped introduce the new “professional distance policy” last year which covers sexual conduct for officers with the public, victims of crime and work colleagues.

28/09/09 – Masterton detective Sue Mackle goes public on the fact that police are failing to investigate hundreds of sexual abuse complaints in favour of focussing on property crimes because doing so makes the statistics look better.

04/10/09 Revelations that a senior police was a paedophile and interfered with investigations into the activities of Bert Potter and the Centrepoint commune come to light.

09/10/09 – Dunedin police fail to follow procedure and a prisoner is found dead in the cells when they finally get around to checking.

09/10/09 – Nelson police officer Senior Constable Garry Dunn is sent to trial for assault after a two day depositions hearing was told he rammed a cyclist with his car and then pepper sprayed the man for not wearing a safety helmet.

04/11/09 – Whakatane police prosecutor Adrian Hilterman was sentenced in Tauranga District Court today to 150 hours community work for assaulting his wife. He was convicted and discharged on three charges of assaulting his children. In the same court last month, he was found guilty of assaulting Deborah Hilterman, 37-years-old, by kicking her around the groin area between June 1 and June 29 last year at Whakatane. He was also found guilty of assaulting her in a car travelling from Auckland to Whakatane on June 30, 2007. He was discharged on 10 other charges of assaulting his wife, a Whakatane general practitioner.

09/11/09 – Figures released under the Official Information Act show that half of all police officers charged with drunk driving are convicted.

16/11/09 – Auckland police officers Patrick Garty, 32, and Wiremu Bowers-Rakatau, 21, charged with assault.

21/11/09 – 51 police officers were disciplined in the year to date for a variety of things including turning up to work drunk, unlawfully using their police ID, assault, speeding, using excessive force, and inappropriate behaviour on duty.

08/12/09 – Former constables Reuben James Harris and Benson Lyle Murphy are accused of making false statements in regard to the prosecution of a third officer who was charged with manslaughter. Harris and Murphy had earlier pleaded guilty to conspiring to defeat the course of justice. Their jail sentence was subsequenrly quashed by a judge who refused to explain why.

17/12/09 – Christchurch police officer Nathan Thorose Connolly is sent to jail for inducing sexual connection from the sex worker by means of a threat.

19/12/09 – Another police chase, another crash.

23/12/09 – The IPCA announces a nation wide investigation into how police are dealing with child abuse complaints, following on from revalations made public in November.

05/01/10 – Police are filmed carrying out illegal road stops and searches.

12/01/10 – Taranaki police are criticised by the IPCA for not preventing a drunk driver going on to kill three people when Hawera officers could have taken steps to immobilise the driver’s vehicle when they found it parked up outside a pub after a chase.

19/01/10 – Two unnamed police officers fail in their duties resulting in the otherwise avoidable death of a Hamilton woman.

22/01/10 – Rotorua District Court convicts an ex police officer for possession of child porn.

23/01/10 – Two Papakura detectives charged with indecent exposure and offensive behaviour after a drunken escapade.

31/01/10 Unnamed police officers are filmed putting the public at risk with a crazy display of dangerous driving at a school fair

14/02/10 – Auckland High Court takes two minutes to throw out a murder charge brought by police who had used huge amounts of resources and dodgy investigation techniques to manufacture the arrest and 16-month incarcertation of an innocent man.

16/02/10 – Christchurch police are slammed in a report for failing to adhere to policy during a chase which left an innocent bystander in hospital with horrific head injuries.

20/02/10 – Another police chase, another crash.

21/02/10 – Another police chase, another crash.

26/02/10 – Innocent Auckland man, 62 year old Brett Abraham is admitted to hospital for weeks of treatment after being savaged by a police dog. The police dog handler left Mr Abraham alone, bleeding and crawling up the driveway to his home.

28/02/10 – Christchurch police, despite a complaint of theft, failed to arrest a man who, the next day, committed murder. Police said at the time they were too busy to handle the theft complaint. Area police commander, Dave Cliff, refused to discuss the matter.

01/03/10 – Union’s criticise a double-jeopardy situation produced by police circumventing privacy legislation in grubby deals with employers to ensure drink drivers are dealt to at work as well as in Court.

01/03/10 – 1300 Police officers fail their fitness test.

01/03/10 – Auckland police go to great lengths to keep the identity of the officer who shot to death innocent man Halatau Naitoko secret. His lawyers had earlier sought to deny justice by seeking to have the shooter exluded from attending the hearing at all.

13/01/10 – Another police chase, another crash.

02/02/10 – Another police chase, another crash.

03/03/10 – Dunedin police reveal that they failed to follow up a possible sighting of missing British girl Madeline McCann after a local security guard’s approach to police was disregarded.

04/03/10 – A man helping police is bitten by a police dog.

05/03/10 – Invercargill District Court throws out an assault charge brought against a bus driver by local police after the driver was arrested for allegedly “assaulting” a child by stopping the child from assaulting another child on the bus.

07/03/10 – Detective Sergeant Lloyd Schmid is investigated for encouraging a junoir staff member to have sex with an informant in order to gain additional information.

14/03/10 – An unnamed senior police officer is accused of abusing his powers after a friend of his is held up at a check point when on the way to a sports match.

18/03/10 – Police management refuse to name two officers being investigated for fraud.

19/03/10 – Another police chase, another crash.

27/03/10 – Another police chase, another crash.

27/03/10 – Another police chase, another crash. Two in one day.

31/03/10 – Senior police deny systemic faults played a part in the fact that Senior Constable Len Snee broken a number of rules in the lead up to him being shot by Napier gunman Jan Molenaar.

1/04/10 – A police officer who works in a serious crash unit is under investigation for alleged drink-driving after he was reported for backing into a parked car.

1/04/10 – Karl Walter Vincent, a North Otago police officer loses name supression in a case involving accusations of indecent assault.

4/04/10 – Independent Police Complaints Authority Investigator Larry Reid describes a man who had his neck broken while in police custody as a “complete arsehole”.

04/04/10 – Another police chase, another crash.

18/04/10 – Another police chase, another crash.

30/04/10 – Significant faults in the “Kahui Twins” police invesitgation are identified and which hampered both the defence and the prosecution teams.

04/05/10 – Another police chase, another crash.

08/05/10 A three-year-old boy was mauled by a police dog at a kindergarten visit that was meant to teach the children about dog safety.

14/05/10 – Police are found to have failed in their duty to protect after delaying the arrival of emergency medical staff to the scene of Navtej Singh’s fatal shooting.

18/05/10 – A senior Wellington police officer receives name supression when appearing in court on assualt charges.

21/05/10 A senior under cover police officer admits interfering with and removing objects from a murder scene. No disciplinary action follows.

21/05/10 – An man helping police is bitten by a police dog.

30/05/10 – A police officer’s vile on-line diary is investigated in the hope of identifying the officer concerned. All posts from the gpforums are deleted shortly thereafter.

31/05/10 – An official information request shows that five police officers have been charged with drink driving over the previous 12 months, including a senior constable in the serious crash unit.

05/06/10 – Constables Brenton David Rooney and Duncan Roy Hollebon are found guilty of assault after kicking a suspect already in custody.

12/06/10 – Sergeant Jason Lamont gets to keep his job after being let off a drunk drive charge where he had been found to be one and a half times over the limit.

20/06/10 – Another police chase, another crash.

23/06/10 Police are accused of improperly obtaining DNA samples from Maori.

25/06/10 – Constables Patrick Garty and Wiremu Bowers Rakatau are convicted of assault.

02/07/10 – Ex-Superintendent Jon Moss, the former head of “professional standards” faces new accusations of criminal behaviour.

04/07/10 – Senior police deny a culture of violence exists in the force following the standing down of a fourth officer from one Auckland district for assault allegations.

07/07/10 – Harsher laws for offences against police introduced but no requirement for harsher sentencing for police officers committing offences considered.

10/07/10 – Police apologise after telling a woman she would have to wait two days for a follow-up to the burgalry of her house.

10/07/10 – Two unnamed police officers to face charges for driving offences after crashing their police vehicles.

10/07/10 – Another police chase, another crash.

29/07/10 – Armed police unnecessarily smash windows and fire ten tear gas cannisters into a house while searching for a suspect.

29/07/10 – Gisborne police supress information in an effort to make the community feel safer.

03/08/10 – a Mongrel Mob member and two associates walk free after a judge rules police acted unlawfully.

06/08/10 – Police officers Keith Parsons, Erle Busby, John Mills, and Bruce Laing escape criminal conviction but are found to have used excessive force against a prisoner being held in Whakatane cells. The victim of the police violence subsequently received compensation.

06/08/10 – Disbelief as the man responsible for tormenting Algerian refugee Ahmed Zaoui , former SIS director Richard Woods, is appointed to the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) for to years.

08/08/10 – Seedy details of a police officer’s secret life start to come to light after he is stabbed to death.

20/08/10 – And unnamed police officer is stood down after being charged with multiple accounts of indecent assualt.

24/08/10 – Another police chase, another crash.

25/08/10 – Police get special treatment in liquor licensing law changes.

25/08/10 – Detective Inspector Dave Archibald who had been caught illegally accessing the police computer system to help the defence of convicted pack rapist Brad Shipton gets a promotion.

26/08/10 – Another police chase, another crash.

04/09/10 – Coroner David Crerar finds that having an extra officer involved in a search of Jan Molenaar’s Napier home would have prevented the death of police officer Len Snee.

17/09/10 – Another police chase, another crash.

19/09/10 – Armed police terrorise a couple for hours after raiding a house looking for a suspect who had moved out months ago, a simple fact police could easily have verified. An apology is given and $2000 spent on repairing damage caused by police in the raid.

22/09/10 – Auckland police sergeant Martin James Folan is name as the officer charged with assaulting five prisoners over a three month period.

01/09/10 – Police accused by lawyer of silencing dissent by arresting those who’s political views they disagreed with.

23/09/10 – Oamaru police constable Karl Walter Vincent is found guilty of multiple counts of indecent assault.

25/09/10 – Increasing concern expressed at rising number of fatalities due to police pursuit tactics.

25/09/10 – Police pursuits for traffic offences result in 11 deaths in the nine months to September 2010.

28/09/10 – Former Otago police officer Neil Ford is jailed for perjury.

28/09/10 – Superintendent Bob Burns says that other officers were involved in covering up perjury and the wilfully attempting to pervert the course of justice which is why it took five years to bring charges against only two officers.

08/10/10 – Another police chase, another crash.

10/10/10 – Evidence given by two police officers is thrown out and the officers concerned are under investigation for failing to disclose information to a defence lawyer which would almost certainly have led to a not guilty finding.

11/11/10 – Another police chase, another crash.

16/10/10 Veteran barrister Barry Hart details some of the history of a criminal culture within the New Zealand police force which goes back at least until the 1970s.

19/10/10 – More evidence of endemic corruption in the New Zealand obfuscated.

23/10/10 Superintendent Gary Smith gets promoted to a plum job despite a secret police report which states he acted unlawfully and totally mismanaged a complaint about the unlawful arrest of a justice of the peace. No charges have been laid.

23/10/10 It is discovered that the Independent Police Conduct Authority has decided that a report which highlights illegal actions by police does not need to be published because it “is not in the public interest.

27/10/10 – All Black coach Graham Henry gets let off a fine after being snapped travelling at over 30kmh above the speed limit.

28/10/10 – Complaints of of “widespread police involvement” in local body electioneering in Manurewa and Papakura are being investigated by the police and the Independent Police Conduct Authority. The Authority never bothers to report back about this investigation.

14/11/10 – The mother of a 12-year-old beaten by bullies is turned away from Christchurch Police station when she went to make a complaint because there were no officers on duty to deal with the matter.

18/11/10 – Former police officer Dairne Olwen Cassidy gets home detention after being found guilty of wilfully attempting to pervert the course of jusitice.

18/11/10 – Former police officer Anthony Dale Bridgman already notorious for another incident involving his dangerous driving of a police vehicle, is back in court again.

30/10/10 – It is revealed that former Bay of Plenty district commander Gary Smith who was appointed to a senior role had previously been accused of sexual harrassment and a secret settlement of $20,000 paid out.

04/12/10 – Another police chase, another crash.

17/12/10 – Police are found to have failed to comply with rules regarding pursuits in case where the fleeing driver was seriously injured.

17/12/10 Most crime in New Zealand goes unreported, a survey finds. Of those quizzed, 24 percent said they felt the police would not or could not be able to deal with the situation.

20/12/10 – West Auckland police constables Alan Michael Douglas and Gareth John Needham are found guilty of assault. This is not the last the courts will hear of this pair.

01/01/11 Bay of Plenty police refuse to reveal how many people were arrested during New Year celebrations.

03/01/11 – Superintendent Ted Cox lies to a fellow officer after being pulled over for speeding on the Auckland southern motorway

05/01/11 – Another police chase, another crash.

07/01/11 Another “hurry up” issued to the police in regard to the culture change required as per the 2008 Bazley inquiry into police sexual misconduct.

20/01/11 Another “hurry up”, this time from the State Services Commission is issued to the police in regard to the 2008 Bazley inquiry into police sexual misconduct.

21/01/11 – Constable Raymond Dunbar is convicted of drunk driving.

29/01/11 – Police National manager of youth services Superintendent Bill Harrison is under investigation for using police letterhead to lie in an effort to get out of a parking ticket.

31/01/11 – Police are highlighted are persistent breakers of the do not drive while on the cell phone law.

04/02/11 – Senior Constable Terry Beatson is found to have accessed the police computer system 17 times in order to assist his wife in a custody case against he ex-husband. Beatson gets to keep his job.

18/02/11 – Detective Sergeant Mark McHattie is identified as having lied about a backlog of child abuse cases in the Wairarapa being cleared up.

20/03/11 – Deputy Commissioner Viv Rickard failed to act for two months on allegations of criminal conduct by former police headquarters superintendent Jon Moss. An investigation was subsequently launched when the details were discovered.

24/02/11 – Police are ordered to make an apology after being found to have released personal information containing untested factual allegations concering Tony Veitch to the media

09/03/11 – Police are accused of assaulting a young autistic man who was then presented as the face of looting in Christchurch.

09/03/11 – North Shore police use a taser to stop a protester.

20/03/11 – Its revealed that Deputy Commissioner Viv Rickard did not act on allegations about a former colleague’s relationship with a senior civil servant which later led to a criminal investigation.

29/03/11 – Start of the trail of Sergeant Martin James Folan who is subsequently found not guilty of assalt but who’s actions remain under investigation by the IPCA authority – two years later and nothing to show for it.

16/04/11 – Police are under investigation for attempting to convince other officers not to testify against sergeant Martin Folan in an assault case.

17/04/11 – Court actions against the police and corrections department come up against both political and institutional obstacles in what is described as a “David vs Goliath Battle for justice”.

17/04/11 – Another police chase , another crash.

17/04/11 Another innocent man sent to jail by dodgy police work finally receives compensation while the original case remains open and the police officers involved show little remorse or even interest in solving the case.

06/05/11 – IPCA says rules were broken in police pursuit which ended in fatality but not action required or recommendations necessary.

08/05/11 – Detective Sergeant Peter Govers is named as the officer responsible for sending two innocent men to jail. Govers keeps his job, even after subsequently being labelled as “reprehensible” for pressuring a female informant into giving him a blow job.

09/05/11 – Constable Raymond John Dunbar loses appeal against his conviction for drunk driving.

17/05/11 – Police officer Matthew Blythe fails in his bid to overturn a conviction for punching a very drunk suspect in the head as the man was being handcuffed by other officers.

18/05/11 – Senior Constable Matthew Leslie Blythe loses an appeal in the Court of Appeal against a conviction for assault.

26/05/11 – Former Detective Inspector Mark Franklin is arrested and charged with drug dealing in Rarotonga.

31/05/11 – Nelson police arrest and charge a man for theft after he took pies out of a rubbish tin at the back of a petrol station. The owners of the petrol station had twice told police these did not want to press charges. The charges were withdrawn in court.

16/06/11 An unnamed police officer found guilty of assault after punching a prisoner escapes conviction after a judge agrees that such a conviction would have effects out of all proportion.

25/06/11 More evidence of historic and systematic police perjury surfaces.

20/06/11 – Contables Alan Michael Douglas and Gareth John Needham are found guilty of assault.

11/07/11 – Constable Jamie Anderson was driving on an unlit rural road and texting on his cellphone when he ran over a pedestrian. No problem says ICPA.

11/07/11 – Unhappy with coverage of the police beating of an autistic man Christchurch Central Police Area Commander Inspector Derek Erasmus announce an investigation into TVNZ’s Sunday programme.

18/07/11 – Another police chase, another crash.

27/07/11 – Former police officer Neil Robert Ford gets an early release after being sent to jail for perjury.

28/07/11 – Police employee Patrick Bruce Phipps is found guilty of charges of illegal possession of a Finnish Valmet semi-automatic rifle and a Czechoslovakian VZ58 fully automatic rifle.

02/08/11 – Superintendent Ted Cox finally pays a $120 speeding ticket after first going through $8,000 of police budget trying to get out of it.

13/08/11 – Senior Constable Michael Lenihan is fined $250 for careless use of a motor vehicle after doing a u-turn in front of motorcycle resulting in the death of the rider. Lenihan was acquited of dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing injury

22/08/11 – Police finally find a good enough reason to drop charges against am autistic man they had beaten and held in custody for stealing two light bulbs before charging him with looting after the Christchurch earthquake.

24/08/11 – Hasting Senior Sergeant Luke Shadbolt says to the media about a missing girl “she is missing, but it’s not the story of the century. And if we had a major concern about the disappearance, we would have [issued] a media release about it”.

05/09/11 Police drop charges against Tiki Taane after he was arrested for expressing his opinion on what police describe was a “misunderstanding”.

25/08/11 – Detective Inspector Dave Archibald is promoted to a senior position despite his illegal searching of the police computer system for information to assist officers’ defence in a pack rape charge.

13/09/11 – Police blunders at Pike River Mine subject to questioning at inquiry. Assistant police commissioner Grant Nicholls does his best.

16/09/11 – Illegal actions of police in regard to Urewera detailed in a Supreme Court judgement that couldn’t previously be released.

18/09/11 – Another police chase, another crash.

20/09/11 – Police apologise for breach of privacy after faxing a confidential parenting order to media.

25/09/11 Police get a caning from the Supreme Court for knowingly breaking to law to illegal gain evidence. No charges are ever laid and the government changes to law to cover the officers concerned.

29/09/11 – New Zealand police officers are described as racist by visiting journalists here to cover the Rugby World Cup.

04/10/11 – Police Inspector Turepu Keenan is snapped texting on his cellphone.

09/10/11 – Another police chase, another crash.

19/10/11 – Accusations that police are lying about security threats in order to get their residential properties improved.

25/10/11 – Deputy Police Commissioner Rob Pope admits that he knew about the history of Superintendent Gary Smith who had previously been found to have acted illegally before he was later promoted to a plum police job.

30/10/11 – Superintendent Gary Smith appointed to the plum London job had previously been accused of sexually harassing a female police employee.

09/11/11 Police are accused for forcing an Indian woman suspected of being in the country illegally to sign documents.

17/11/11 – Police staff are among those arrested in a drug swoop.

17/11/11 – Former Nelson policeman Garry Dunn is found not guilty of two assaults but resigns from the police after having illegally accessed the police computer system to assist his defence in the case.

21/11/11 Dozens of police officers face criminal charges according to details released under an official information request. Very few such cases appear to merit media coverage, it would seem.

22/11/11 – Police officers are found to have broken pursuit rules in a fatal chase.

16/12/11 – Police officers use excessive force in the unjustified arrest of a Christchurch man. District Commander Gary Knowles says the police will not apologise.

22/01/12 Police officers arresting protesters at the Occupy event are filmed all wearing the same ID number in an orchestrated attempt to hide their identities and hamper the processing of any complaints about the actions of individual officers

09/02/12 Chinese tourist Naiju Li lays complaint against the police alleging brutality in their arrest of the 56 year old woman. She suffered a dislocated elbow and required stitches to her face.

02/02/12 – Police are filmed illegally closing a road to support the activities of a corporate

09/02/12 – Police commence an investigation after a 65 year old deaf, mute man dies while in police custody.

17/02/12 Police officer Karis Rewa Charnley makes her first appearance in court after being charged with lending her uniform to someone for use in the theft of a car. The charge Charnley was eventually dismissed after the judge described a “vacuum” in the evidence.

02/02/12 – Police employee Darren Ian Hodgetts admits to providing a drug ring with access to the police computer system.

03/03/12 – Police prosecutor Timothy John Russell Sarah pleads guilty to a representative charge of supplying methamphetamine, four specific charges of supplying the drug and one charge of dishonestly accessing the police computer – the National Intelligence Application.

30/03/12 – Constable David Mear is found not guilty of assault . . . hmmmm.

05/04/12 – Police officer Karis Charnley is charged with being a party to theft , being a party to impersonating a police officer and assault.

11/04/12 – An unnamed police officer appears in court allegedly involved in a collision with another car after doing a U-turn in front of it has appeared in court, charged with careless driving. But the officer is likely to avoid conviction after being offered diversion.

12/04/12 – A unnamed police officer was disciplined after giving false details to the Rotorua harbourmaster after being caught breaching a bylaw while riding a jetski on a lake.

18/04/12 – Various protesters at the Glenn Innes evictions of tenants in government housing claim the police used excessive force

15/04/12 – Detective Sergeant Rod Carpinter receives support after carrying out an illegal raid which was described by a judge as “consciously reckless”. Mr Carpinter was earlier criticised for his involvement in a drug bust in 2005 where his actions were also found to be “unreasonable and unlawful”.

20/04/12 Superintendent Bill Harrison, one of the country’s top policemen, was found guilty of serious misconduct after accusations he used police letterhead to dodge a $200 parking fine. Superintendent Bill Harrison retired on May 17 last year, before an independent investigation was completed so no disciplinary action was taken.

24/04/12 – Detective Senior Sergeant Mark McHattie who was at the centre of a major child-abuse cover-up has kept his job after a code-of-conduct investigation but police will not reveal the outcome of the long inquiry.

29/04/12 – A Northland man who received paralysing neck injuries while in police custody is in a “bad way” after surgery and is struggling to breathe on his own, his parents say.

03/05/12 – Constable David Mear returns to work after being found not guilty of using excessive force against a man who suffered a broken eye socket and cut to the head

16/05/12 – An unnamed police officer resigned late last year after being investigated for theft in the aftermath of the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

04/06/12 – Police officer Gareth John Needham has lost his attempt to appeal his conviction for assault to the Supreme Court.

25/06/12 – Police officer Marcus Guy Andrew Molnar is convicted of theft after admitted stealing cash and soft drinks from a bar at the police station on four separate occasions

11/07/12 – National Crime Manager Detective Superintendent Rodney Drew defends the police force’s organised abuse of the court system by arranging the false arrest and court hearing of an undercover officer

11/07/12 – Inspector Paul Dimery resigns and, in a parting shot, tells the media that the New Zealand police force is compromising front-line safety because it is being run like a business

12/07/12 – Senior Constable Tony Andrews is found to have acted inappropriately due to a conflict of interest, and to have engaged incoercion and the breaching of privacy.

14/07/12 – Another police chase, another crash – three dead, police failed to follow policy.

28/07/12 – Another police chase, another crash

07/08/12 – Senior Sergeant Rod Carpinter and Constable John Grantham escape criminal charges after having “materially misled” the court about a a drugs raid.

14/08/12 – Police justifications for using anti-terrorist officers to raid Kim Dotcom’s home were partly based on claims the tycoon assaulted a former staff member with his stomach.

24/08/12 – A police officer is filmed driving like a bloody idiot tail gating traffic on the open highway

28/08/12 – New Zealand police have been praised by the White House for their role in the case against Kim Dotcom, but are keeping it secret.

29/08/12 – An unnamed police officer appeared in court charged with <a href= appeared in court charged with illegal hunting. The officer appeared in the Blenheim District Court after earlier denying a charge of hunting deer and goats on land at Blue Mountain near Ward on April 17 without the authority of the property owner.

17/09/12 – Senior Constable Sean Ramkissoon accuses senior police officers of conspiracy, corruption and dishonesty, and his employment grievance escalated to the Employment Court.

22/09/12 – Details of the police force’s idiocy, excessive use of force, general illegality, and perjury in relation to the Kim Dotcom affairs starts to become public.

25/09/12 – Police officer Jan Paul de Moor appears in court charged with assault

25/09/12 – Its revealed that Police Commissioner Peter Marshall signed the indemnity order which accepts potential liability if Kim Dotcom lays a claim for damages, it has been confirmed.

27/09/12 – The police are slated in the 2012 Ombudsman’s annual report to parliament after it topped the list of crown agencies ducking and diving official requests for information.

29/09/12 – Police receive a rebuke in court for leaving three drunk men in a vehicle with the keys in the ignition. Judge David Saunders told police it was a recipe for disaster.

29/09/12 – Police are heavily criticised for failing to abandon a pursuit that endangered the public and culminated in the deaths of two young men.

03/10/12 – Two girls, aged 14 and 16, are arrested, denied contact with their family or a lawyer, strip searched, and held in a police cell for 36 hours . The 16 year old, who was nursing a baby, was forced to express breast milk into a cell sink.

13/10/12 – Jakob Christie had his neck broken by a police baton more than three years ago. He is still waiting for the police to do something about it.

14/10/12 – Detective Senior Sergeant Al Symonds ignores evidence and spends 18 months dragging an innocent man’s name through the mud only to have the case dismissed in minutes.

16/10/12 – Police wait nine months after receiving instructions from the Minister before contacting a family to take formal criminal complaint

18/10/12 – Few of the recommendations of a commission of inquiry into police conduct, concluded five years ago, have been fully implemented. Acting Police Commissioner Viv Rickard says he accepts the finding that more focus is needed on sexual assault investigations.

19/10/12 – A report by the Office of the Auditor-General reveals an “unacceptable” level of inappropriate sexual behaviour within police and said improvements were still needed in training staff who were involved in adult sexual assault cases.

20/10/12 – Police funding cuts have seen sex crime investigation courses slashed and firearms training reduced.

21/10/12 – Increasing numbers of teenagers are being held in police custody for days, breaching United Nations protocols and sparking concern from human rights agencies. Child, Youth and Family statistics show the number of young people held for more than 24 hours in police cells almost trebled in the past three years.

21/10/12 – Detective Sergeant Mark Keane and Detective Dale Forman were criticised in a stinging Independent Police Conduct Authority report for failing to fully investigate claims that Tineke Foley had been raped by a male nurse at a Christchurch mental health facility.

23/10/12 – Police are found to be breaching basic human rights in the practises employed in the detention of young people in police cells. A review is called for, no action is taken.

25/10/12 – A police blunder results in four alleged Chinese people smugglers being awarded a $2000 payout.

02/11/12 – Police ignore three 111 calls to respond to an accident.

12/11/12 – Another police chase, another crash.

19/11/12 – Detective Jamie Woods is caught out providing a transcript containing “mistakes” as part of an application for a search warrant to intercept the phone calls and emails of senior Switched on Gardener staff.

19/11/12 – Constable Gary Neil Morgan of the North Shore Police strategic traffic unit is charged with careless driving after he crashed his patrol car into a tree.

28/11/12 – A convicted drug dealer is freed on bail pending an appeal because police involved in an investigation were found to have acted corruptly following a staged search for evidence against an undercover officer.

21/12/12 – Mikayla Paul is found guilty of assaulting a woman may yet be discharged without conviction.

22/12/12 – Police go over the top in protecting John Key from having to keep his word about buying a Christmas dinner for two Wellington men.

24/12/12 – A Hawkes Bay family is left shocked and upset with the treatment they received from police after an officer smashed their windscreen with his torch at a drink-drive checkpoint this week.

15/01/13 – Constable Perry Griffin is accused of excessive use of force after making an arrest.

20/01/13 – After cut backs in fire arms training, almost 1000 new gun safes are removed from police cars because of potential security issue

  • BLiP 9.1

    but wait . . . there’s more:

    31/01/13 – An unnamed police officer who was sacked for using excessive force loses his case for unjustified dismissal.

    06/02/13 – Another police chase, another death

    11/02/13 – A fifteen year old girl lays an assualt complaint against police after being left bloodied and brusied when police were breaking up a party.

    15/02/13 – An unnamed police officer admits receiving money from people who had criminal charges against them dropped. At the request of defence counsel Pip Hall, Judge Brian Callaghan did not enter convictions because the defence wants to argue for a discharge without conviction.

    20/02/13 – The Independent Police Conduct Authority promises to try harder after being found out for unnecessarily keeping reports secret.

    21/02/13 – A police blunder in a major drugs investigation has revealed the identity of confidential informants and undercover officers and their secret intelligence-gathering techniques.

    23/02/13 – A former undercover officer comes clean about spying on protest groups, environmental organisations and trade unions.

    23/02/13 – The IPCA finds that police could have prevented a murder had they acted earlier on information received.

    01/03/13 – Hundreds of police officers across the country are withdrawn from the front line and told not to interact with the public, after failing a key fitness test

    03/03/13 – Another police chase, another accident.

    10/03/13 – Police officers who deliberately faked their uniform badge numbers to avoid being identified as they weighed into a violent public protest will keep their jobs and won’t be investigated by the force’s watchdog.

    16/03/13 – The police attempt to silence a retired officer for speaking to the media about the Teina Pora case.

    16/03/13 – Another police chase, another crash

    27/03/13 – Police still need time to introduce changes identified as necessary six years earlier following an investigation in its culture and practises.

    27/03/13 – About 20 people protest outside Masterton police station over claims young people have been mistreated during arrest. The protesters included two teenagers who alleged they had bones broken while being arrested.

    09/04/13 – An analysis of police statistics highlight the fact that Maori youth are far more likely to go to court after an arrest than pakeha youth.

    13/04/13 – Another police chase, another crash

    13/04/13 – More on the orchestrated miscarriage of justice in the Teina Pora case.

    15/04/13 – Retiring Detective Senior Sergeant Grant Coward says police officers are leaving the force in droves, frustrated with the “budgets, the judiciary, new systems in place alienating the community and traffic taking precedence over everything,”

    17/04/13 – Police admit to “dropping the ball” by failing to pay more than $5000 in rent to a tiny Christchurch community group run by volunteers and war veterans.

    20/04/13 – Former drug squad detective Ernest Langford escapes jail after being found guilty of stealing thousands of dollars from a police safe and colleagues desk. Charges involving the theft of thousands of more dollars were dropped.

    21/04/13 – Comments by Constable Paul Sharples about judges results in Auckland’s top police officer making an apology and starting an investigation into the way Sharples handled the case.

    24/04/13 – Police sergeant Blair Donaldson pleads guilty to careless driving. Magistrate Ngaire Mascelle say a conviction would outweigh the severity of the offence and discharged Donaldson without conviction.

    05/05/13 – The Independent Police Conduct Authority has received two complaints about the nation’s second-highest-ranking police officer, Mike Bush – but it will not be taking any action . The complaints were in response to Bush’s comments at the funeral of former police officer Bruce Hutton, a detective who was found to have planted evidence used to wrongfully convict Arthur Allan Thomas of murder.

    09/05/13 – Another police chase, another crash.

    17/05/13 – Police officer Peter Pakau appears in court on a raft of drug charges.

    12/05/13 – Another police chase, another crash.

    21/05/13 – an unnamed police officer appears in court accused of asking for sexual favours in return for not prosecuting a motorist on a driving charge.

    06/06/13 – Police refuse to engage with a lawyer representing teenagers seeking discussions about possible compensation.

    18/06/13 – Hastings police officer, Adam Dunnett, 37, charged with indecently assaulting five women from a Hawke’s Bay surf club loses his bid to keep his identity suppressed.

    08/07/13 – An investigation is begun after an unnamed police officer is accused of assault.

    09/07/13 – Another police chase, another crash.

    24/07/13 – Two expert reports about an incident in which a wedding guest was run over on a Waikato road were ignored by a police crash analyst, a coroner’s inquest has been told.

    04/08/13 – Lawyers are demanding a review of how police intercept private communications after a photo-journalist’s cellphone logs and messages, including exchanges with a lawyer, were obtained in and inquiry instigated by the PM.

    05/08/13 – Police officer Dugal Matheson is slammed by a judge and convicted for dragging his former partner around by her hair and “manhandling” her son.

    07/08/13 – Police officer Lotovale Ulufafo Solofa Perese appears in court charged with a variety of offences involving the smuggling of contraband for delivery to people being held in police cells.

    12/08/13 – Detective Sergeant Mike Blowers appears in court charged with supplying methamphetamine and cannabis.

    16/08/13 – Police have accidentally shot a man as he lay on the floor of a Hastings house while being taken into custody this afternoon.

    18/08/13 – Concerns are raised after police do not lay charges against a care giver who locked an austic man in a flat and who later died in a fire at the property.

    27/08/13 – Police breach confidentiality agreement concerning compenation paid to the mother of Halatau Naitoko.

    29/08/13 – The police decide to take no action of illegal spying.

    31/08/13 – Police carrying out a “cold case” investigation of the Crewe murders demand an alibi from Arthur Thomas and members of his family.

    04/09/13 – Officers working in OFCANZ fear internal reprisals if they were to tell police bosses about inappropriate conduct.

    07/09/13 – Casual racism, ignorance, disrespect and insensitivity on the part of the police when dealing with the family of a murder victim exacerbate their grief.

    09/09/13 – A sober woman left stranded in a pub car park in the early hours after police confiscated her car keys was raped shortly afterwards.

    15/09/13 – The family of Danielle King, 15, claim she was “thrown around like a rag doll” by officers breaking up a party.

    15/09/13 – Police are being slammed for a “monumental blunder” in which they searched and damaged an Auckland family’s home in the hunt for a man who brutally bashed a police officer – but they were at the wrong house.

    15/09/13 – Hawkes Bay police leaving the force in droves amid a “draconian climate” after a regional restructure .

    19/09/13 – Inspector Richard Wilkie is discharged without conviction for assaulting two teen agers.

    21/09/13 – Police have agreed to pay a Southland farmer $14,000 in damages and costs after armed officers entered his property without permission and, in a resulting tussle, pepper-sprayed him, punched him in the face and Tasered him while he was handcuffed.

    22/09/13 – Road safety data being submitted by the public is being ignored by the police.

    24/09/13 – It is revealed that police have not investigated the February 2011 death of a man in custody and have still not completed an investigation into another death of a man in custody dating back to October 2010.

    28/09/13 – The detective who blew the whistle on his alleged drug-dealing boss was removed from his squad and investigated before senior police took his concerns seriously.

    28/09/13 – Central District commander Superintendent Russell Gibson, in a letter to convicted child rapist Robin Peter Abraham’s wife, described one of the rape victims as a willing party to the sexual abuse.

    29/09/13 – A martial arts black belt who became a morphine-dependent invalid after a beating by Senior Sergeant Ron Greatorex , has won a five-year battle for compensation. Greatorex has never been charged and still works as a senior-ranking police officer in Christchurch.

    10/10/13 – Police Association president Greg O’Connor says most complaints made against the police are from “perennial complainers who complain about everything to everyone”.

    17/10/13 – No apology and no charges after police who broke a man’s neck are found to have used excessive force.

    17/10/13 – Police prosecutor Brent William Thomson pleads guilty to possession and use of methamphetamine and cannabis.

    17/10/13 – Another police chase, another crash.

    20/10/13 – It is proved in the Privvy Council that police use dodgy evidence and failed to provide all information to the defence in the Mark Lundy case.

    06/11/13 – Police admit to having lied to the public about not receiving any complaints in relation to the Roast Buster case.

    08/11/13 – Police threaten a blogger in an effort to stifle public discussion surrounding its own inaction and mendacity concerning the RoastBuster rapes.

    18/11/13 – Senior Constable Gordon Stanley Meyer pleads guilty to bribery, corruption, and sexual assault.

    18/11/13 – Police officers Brent Liddle and Gerard Russell are convicted of assault but discharged without conviction.

    18/11/13 – Police Senior Constable Gordon Stanley Meyer pleads guilty to bribery, corruption and indecent assult. Another unnamed police officer was also investigated but no charges were laid.

    19/11/13 – Police Senior Constable Keith Rose pleads guilty to assault after grabbing a referee around the throat.

    20/11/13 – An innocent man is mauled by a police dog.

    22/11/13 – Police Sergeant Brent English is investigated after a junior police officer complains that he made a lewd suggestion and exposed his penis to her.

    05/12/13 – police refuse to explain how a dangerous criminal escaped from Dunedin Police Station.

    11/12/13 – Sergeant James Casson takes a case to the Employment Relations Authority claiming he was subject to “bullying and threatening behaviour” by members of the Hamilton police management who had “closed ranks” against him.

    11/12/13 Tasman district police are ordered by the Emplyment Relations Authority to re-hire its business services manager after finding his redundancy was invalid. Derek Coffey had worked for police for 23 years before losing his job in February as part of a nationwide police restructure.
    The ERA found his redundancy was invalid and he was unjustifiably disadvantaged by police’s failure to redeploy him to an available suitable position.

    11/12/13 – Police Commissioner Peter Marshall admitted to police failings in the “Roast Busters” case before going on to say that a drop in the public confidence of the police from 82 percent to 76 percent wasn’t much of a change.

    13/12/13 – Police Constable Tako Cocker is arrested and suspended from duty after being arrested in Auckland for allegedly damaging a taxi side mirror after a dispute over the fare.

    20/15/13 – A group of Christchurch police officers are threaten to sue Police Commissioner Peter Marshall for defamation over comments made about leadership at the Christchurch South Station where corrupt ex-cop Gordon Stanley Meyer worked.

    22/01/14 – Christchurch District Police Commander Gary Knowles is expected to make an apology to a man arrested in November 2011 when the arresting officers were found to have used excessive force leaving an innocent man bruised and humiliated.

    04/04/14 – Former Police officer Timothy Phillip Hartnell is charged with assault following an incident when he was working as an officer.

    14/04/14 – Another police chase, another serious injury.

    24/04/14 – Police refuse to answer an Official Information Act request for details about a government minister interfering in a criminal investigation on the grounds of “maintenance of the law”.

    01/05/14 – Another police chase, another serious injury.

    01/05/14 – Greymouth police sergeant Matthew Charles Frost who had nine drinks before crashing his car on a West Coast country road was convicted of careless driving but let off without punishment.

    02/05/14 – Detective Inspector Mark Gutry resigns from the police before an employment investigation into the circumstances leading to him escaping charges in relation to a criminal sex complaint.

    03/05/14 – It becomes apparent Superintendent John Tims buckled to political pressure in January 2014 after receiving a phone call from a government Minister requesting that a domestic violence prosecution be subject to review. Police National Head Quarters claims to have not been advised of the political interference until two months later when an Official Information request was made by media. Police National Head Quarters did not advise the Minister of Police about the situation until 28 April 2014.

    04/05/14 <— katie bradford says police family relationship political preferemces

    08/05/14 – Police are found to have acted unlawfully in a ”disrespectful and degrading” breach of human rights when hundreds of New Zealanders taking part in a charity event to raise money for the Christchurch earthquake appeal were unlawfully detained.
    24/05/14 – It is revealed that two Auckland police staff allegedly filmed themselves in a sex act during work hours and sent the footage to a junior colleague as an invitation to join them.

    05/06/14 – Another police chase, another crash

    18/06/14 – Another police chase, another fatality.

    22/06/14 –

    26/06/14 – Another police chase another fatality

    04/07/14 – Detective Inspector Chris Page admits that a murder could have been prevented were it not for a series of errors by the police.

    08/07/14 – Police apologise for failing to tell the mother of a child assault victim about their decision to downgrade the charge.

    08/07/14 –

    14/07/14 – It is revealed that Counties Manukau Police have been “cooking the books” with statistics to make it look like burgalry crimes have reduced.

    17/07/14 –

    18/07/14 – A coroner has criticised the actions of police officers who confronted an armed man, saying their mistakes had a snow-balling effect that ended in him being shot dead.

    29/07/14 – A woman who drove straight to Whangarei police station to report an attempted carjacking was told to ring 111 to get a police officer to attend.

    05/08/14 – Detective Benjamin Joel admits in court that police bungled the collection of evidence which was subsequently lost before a murder trial.

    10/08/14 – Drug dealers, burglars and drink-drivers have walked free after a police botch-up led to officers carrying out illegal investigations. This is the third time the same botch up has occurred.

    14/08/14 –

    15/08/14 – Police pay a pittance in compensation to a women who spent $100,000 to find evidence evidence of murder that police ignored.

    15/08/14 – another police chase, another fatality.

    15/08/14 – It is revealed that police ignored an IPCA instruction to carry out a conciliation meeting.

    17/08/14 – Police apologise to a woman for the second time after botching a domestic violence case. The latest apology was for the assigned police presecutor not turning up in Court for a hearing which resulted in the assailant receiving a second discharge without conviction after having plead guilty to breaching a protection order.

    18/08/14 – Former police officer Timothy Phillip Hartnell was discharged without conviction on an assault charge relating to him handcuffing a child for riding a bicycle on a footpath.

    28/08/14 – it is found that police officers repeatedly broke the law and used unjustified excessive force when shutting down parties.

    04/09/14 – Police Constable Setu Pio has his conviction for assaulting a pregnant woman overturned.

    . . . and that’s just part of the problem. The National Ltd™ Cult of John Key has failed to bring any accountability to the police force itself for allowing such a culture of criminality to develop. Even when given the evidence and a report detailing the required action to eliminate the inherent rape culture within the police following the Louise Nicholas affair, few of the recommendations have been put in place and there has been exactly zero follow up.


Even the most ordinary of people can commit
horrendous crimes if placed in a catalysing situation, and given the correct

Only once, during all those years of torment, did one cop, Constable Earl Fincham, ignore his Sergeant’s (Gary Patterson) instructions that all complaints against Britton by the Van Der Lubbes were to be shelved as not credible. In that case Britton was convicted of assault (he pleaded not guilty) on Sandra at Makirikiri. And one of  Britton’s half-witted mates, Angus Mars, was convicted of intentional damage for ramming our road gate with his ute. (Also a Fincham Charge.) The instruction to rubbish all the Van Der Lubbe complaints against Britton didn’t originate with Sergeant Gary Patterson though, no, it came from much higher up the corruption ladder.


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Note the date on that document and also that it’s been to PNHQ. Mansell had instituted his do nothing for the Van Der Lubbe’s policy probably from the day they refused to prosecute Britton for his intimidation at my fathers place at Ballance Street on 7.1.1992. Then they refused to act again on 19 May 1992 when Britton went berserk at Willis Street. See PRIVATE PROSECUTION And their refusal to protect the Vection: Keep-Alive
Cache-Contro to this day.





dean kessell

The audacity of the NZ Police in trying to justify their cover up of a cover up of a cover up

By   /   October 11, 2014  /   12 Comments

They set Troy Reuben up and then all turned a blind eye to the evidence that proved the Police version was a lie. That level of wilful prejudice should concern us all.


I’ve got this theory that in a post-colonial country, the immigrant community values a level of brutal thuggishness from their Police force because it’s the mounted constabulary that would be called upon to protect the settlers from angry Maori. This willingness to turn a blind eye and allow the cops to get away with any actions they see fit is not a healthy thing for a society to indulge in. This authority worship invites the Police to start seeing themselves as above the law, and this bewildering case in Timaru has all the hallmarks of a systemic culture that believes it is a law unto itself.

If you were to listen to the Police response on this, it is almost two separate incidents that have nothing to do with one another.

In the Police spin post this Independent Police Conduct Authority report, the Police have framed this as a training failure. That some young bloke cops weren’t trained properly in using a taser and the Police will ensure that training happens so that they can do better Policing because it’s important that the community can trust them and that’s important because the last opinion poll showed 80% of people trust the cops blah blah blah.

The framing is as if there’s been a silly wee mistake, someone was tasered, but you know, we’ll sort it out, look at his photo, he probably deserved it right, hush now, go the All Blacks, what about that John Key eh? Another beer mate? I’ll go turn the sausies.

What in fact happened is two cops tasered Troy Reuben and lied about the threat Troy presented them. They lied that he threw a shower door at them or used his child to shield himself, they used excessive force. That frontline cops overstep the mark and use excessive force is one thing right, but what happens next is what is so shocking.

EVEN THOUGH the bloody Taser cameras themselves proved that the cops version of events was a lie, not only did a Timaru senior sergeant and a Mid-South Canterbury Area Commander Inspector say to go ahead with a wrongful assault charge, so did a Police prosecutor!

That’s supposedly 3 layers of check and balance that did neither check nor balance.

Just when you don’t think it can get worse, oh it does. There was an internal inquiry questioning the reason why the police took Troy to court for an assault charge they knew was wrong, but the Timaru Senior sergeant cleared all the staff in a subsequent review!

This is real banjo twanging bush justice. We have a cover up of a cover up of a cover up to try and set Troy Reuben up for an assault charge, yet the Police spin is that it’s just been a training misunderstanding.

They set Troy Reuben up and then all turned a blind eye to the evidence that proved the Police version was a lie. That level of wilful prejudice should concern us all.

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11:44 AM Monday, 30 Sep 2013

Mr Gibson needs to be employed on duties commensurate with his intellect. Lollipop duty on a pedestrian crossing is more suited than his current position. He has obviously been promoted beyond his ability. However, this raises serious questions about the Police and how people like this man have got to where they are.

  1.                Juggernaut (New Zealand)

11:53 AM Monday, 30 Sep 2013

Welcome to the real attitude of the NZ police. The fact that a crappy apology on camera is enough for Anne Tolley and the rest of the police hierarchy just shows that on some level they agree with Gibson’s comments.

Gibson became a child abuser himself when he uttered those words. He’s a piece of filth and should be sacked over this. But that won’t happen. Nothing will. Why? Once again, welcome to the real attitude of the NZ police.

There’s more scum in our police force than most kiwi’s are aware of.

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5 MEMO Billows.

No apologies, just, “I will not acknowledge or respond to any further correspondence from you concerning this matter.” Or to put it in layman’s terms, ‘I’d better shut up now, the bastard might sue us’. And contrary to what the PCA letter says the Mansell “instruction” was NOT withdrawn and there was no policy change. The Van Der Lubbe name is mud and will stay that way for ever.

When I re-read the above Police documents it makes me want to hunt down the culprits and ‘bust some caps.’ I bet the coppers wouldn’t treat anyone they really thought was a danger to themselves or the general public the way they have treated the family VDL. It’s just as well for them that I don’t have a Stanley Graham/David Grey type mental illness because I recon the porky bastards named on this page have given me ample reasons to run amok. What the dopey nongs aren’t taking into account is the fact that every camel has a finite straw carrying capacity.

The pattern is clear, the cops allowed and encouraged Cullum, Britton and co to offend against me and mine in the hope that I would retaliate and then they’d nail me good. They thought they had me with their ute shooting charges but as usual they missed out. And now, 16 years after that balls up they are at it again using would-be drug baron Stephen Poynter as the catalyst.


Police, men and women who were part of the odious conspiracy to destroy the family Van Der Lubbe through ignorance and or malice were, in order of appearance on the scene,

Detective Colin Irvine. 3 Gumtree Rse Wanganui 06-345 8998
Senior Constable Richard Baker

Inspector RM Gibson.

From TradeMe Opinion.

  • Although the corrupt behaviour of the former Detective
    Sergeant is a real concern, it is the attitude of the District Commander, Supt.
    Russell Gibson who appeared on the TV programme that should be of real concern
    to all New Zealanders. As a police officer that worked in this District I have
    witnessed incredible, nasty, vindictive, bullying and unlawful behaviour by a
    number of senior officers that has been confirmed in the Criminal and
    Employment Courts. None of the officers responsible have been held to account
    for their behaviour; in fact most have been rewarded with promotion. I was an
    eyewitness to the current Ruapehu Area Commander who is under Supt. Gibson’s
    command assaulting a prisoner; the matter was corruptly covered up. Within this
    District there is an officer that I “have good cause to suspect” is a rapist.
    He was recently promoted; this matter has not been investigated in a professional
    manner. I have documented evidence of a Sergeant “Fabricating Evidence” in a
    criminal Court case in this area, police refuse to prosecute him. What you all
    witnessed on the “Sunday” TV programme is only a small part of the corrupt
    police behaviour in the Central District that has also been covered up by
    Police National Headquarters.


) 9:12 pm, Tue 10 May #123

Constable Cullum McGillivray.

Constable MJ Grace

Sergeant Gary Patterson 9 Mercury St Whitianga 07-866 5441

Senior Sergeant Neville Haggart 4 Brompton Dve Napier 06-844 0305
Constable Lance Alan Walker.
District Commander JM Thurston.
Inspector JH Mansell. (also see above)
Superintendent AK Waugh. (The overseer)

THE “TEXTBOOK” resolution to the Pakaitore occupation was a credit to police and to Wanganui, Alec Waugh says.

He was Wanganui police district commander at the time, but is now “delightfully retired and thoroughly enjoying life” in Auckland.

He does remember an incident in which someone “silly” charged a horse into the gardens in an aggressive manner. “I decided to take no particular action on that occasion, though there was pressure to take a specific stand on that. No one was arrested, but if they had done it a second time they probably would have been.”

He heard reports of gunshots fired at the gardens from across the river, but was unable to find any evidence for it. (Back-firing a vehicle by pumping the gas and the turning the ignition back on)

Guess who was responsible for both offences?
Sergeant CR Roe.
Sergeant R W (Bob) Burns. Pot, kettle, black.
Sergeant Donnellan.
Senior Sergeant Gary O Smith. (He orchestrated much of it.)


Shamed cop given plum London job

PHIL KITCHIN – The Dominion Post

A senior policeman was rewarded with a prestigious posting to London, despite a secret report saying he acted unlawfully and totally mismanaged a complaint about the unlawful arrest of a justice of the peace.

Superintendent Gary Smith was one of several officers criticised by the Independent Police Conduct Authority. But 11 months after the findings, he was appointed as the police liaison officer to Britain.

The wrongly arrested Tokoroa JP, Mii Teokotai, lost her job as a result of the botched police investigation. She was charged with conspiracy to commit arson but the charge was later dismissed for lack of evidence.

The IPCA report also criticised current Southern district commander Bob Burns and former Bay of Plenty police professional standards head Garth Bryan, since appointed to a senior job at police national headquarters.

The Dominion Post has a copy of the secret September 2009 IPCA report into a string of complaints laid by former policeman Dave White about the 2005 arrest of Mrs Teokotai, his mother-in-law.

The IPCA did not make public its findings because the authority deemed them not of sufficient public interest. It found:

Mr Smith and Mr Bryan acted unlawfully by not telling Commissioner Howard Broad and the IPCA about Mr White’s complaint.

Mr Burns and Mr Bryan showed “poor judgment” and failed best practice and police instructions by appointing a Tokoroa senior sergeant with “a clear conflict of interest” to look into the complaint.

Detectives involved in the investigation into Mrs Teokotai acted unprofessionally and two officers appear to have refused to be interviewed about the complaint.

Tokoroa police acted unlawfully by arresting her and lacked justification to incarcerate her and seize her passport and property.

Police breached their legal responsibility to disclose their evidence against her until six months after the case was dismissed.

The initial internal inquiry into complaints against the officers involved “lacked any semblance of independence and professionalism”.

The response to Mr White’s complaint was “totally mismanaged by senior officers”.

Eleven months after the IPCA’s findings, Mr Smith was appointed to a role liaising with British and European police.

Mrs Teokotai, a respected member of the Pacific Island community, was charged with conspiring to commit arson after the St Luke’s Tamariki and Mokopuna Apii Punanga buildings in Tokoroa were damaged by fire. Police told her employers she was being investigated and Mrs Teokotai, then 66, lost her job managing the kohanga reo.

A local woman, Odile Johnson-Ackerman, was later jailed for two years for the arson.

Police alleged the arson was committed to stop a new committee finding out about alleged financial irregularities. But later investigation by a Taupo detective found no evidence of fraud.

Police seized a computer and 20,000 documents from Mrs Teokotai and she spent several hours in a police cell. The case collapsed four months later when police failed to disclose any evidence against her. But they refused to return her property for nearly two years and did so only after she took them to court.

After the case was dismissed, Mr White complained to Mr Smith, who was then the Bay of Plenty district commander.

A lack of response from Mr Smith and Mr Bryan – who was assigned to investigate the complaint – led Mr White to complain to the IPCA. The authority said it took eight months before police began investigating, after the IPCA had received its complaint.

Police headquarters said the IPCA did not recommend any disciplinary action against the officers. The issues raised in its report were addressed with them.

Mr Smith was one of six candidates for the London role and the appointment was made by a panel of senior police who had “knowledge of Mr Smith’s career background”.

NZ’s London cop had been accused of sex harassment


A senior police officer appointed to a prestigious London position had previously been accused of sexually harassing a female police employee.

Police reached a confidential settlement – understood to have totalled at least $20,000 – with the woman, who will be sworn in next month as a Family Court judge.

Sarah Lindsay had worked for police in Whakatane and lodged a sexual harassment complaint against Gary Smith when he was the Bay of Plenty district commander.

Her allegations were investigated by Howard Broad, who is now the country’s top-ranked police officer.

Police headquarters said yesterday that there had “never been a settlement relating to alleged sexual harassment by Superintendent Smith”.

It is understood Mr Broad recommended no action be taken against Mr Smith.

Ms Lindsay received the confidential settlement when she left her police job.

The settlement is understood to have related to a number of employment issues she raised before leaving.

Mr Smith’s subsequent two-year appointment to the coveted London post has become mired in controversy after The Dominion Post revealed that he got the job 11 months after an Independent Police Conduct Authority report criticised his management of an investigation into the wrongful arrest of a justice of the peace.

It is understood Ms Lindsay’s harassment allegations arose during an employment dispute between her and Mr Smith.

Mr Broad, then working in Auckland as an assistant commissioner, was assigned to investigate the allegations and interview Mr Smith.

Ms Lindsay, whose partner is a police prosecutor, subsequently left Bay of Plenty police.

Last month she was appointed a district court judge to work in the Family Court.

When The Dominion Post contacted Mr Smith in London this week he initially prevaricated then said he was “not suggesting at all” that a complaint had not been made by Ms Lindsay when she worked for Bay of Plenty police in about 2003.

He said he would take advice and “my understanding is that these things are confidential”.

After Mr Broad’s investigation Mr Smith was later reappointed district commander till last year when Deputy Commissioner Rob Pope ordered an independent performance review of Mr Smith’s management practices and processes.

Mr Smith failed with an attempted injunction to stop the review and said he was unaware of any other district commander facing a similar review.

Mr Pope chaired the panel that appointed Mr Smith to the London posting. There were six candidates and interviews were done in April.

Mr Pope said yesterday that the matters The Dominion Post was asking about involved obligations on police concerning employment law and other “legally binding matters”.

“There has never been a settlement relating to alleged sexual harassment by Superintendent Smith and there are no unresolved matters relating to him involving New Zealand police.”

Mr Pope said he was aware of “some alleged historical criticisms” of Mr Smith.

Last year Mr Pope appointed employment law specialist Peter Cullen to conduct a full and independent review of Mr Smith’s management practices.

“The report produced by Mr Cullen gave me every confidence to make the appointment of Mr Smith to the London liaison job.”

The September 2009 IPCA report said Mr Smith and other senior officers totally mismanaged an internal investigation into a complaint that Tokoroa JP Mii Teokotai was unlawfully arrested in relation to an arson.

Her family plans to sue police for lost earnings after she was fired from her job at the kohanga reo where the fire occurred.

The authority said Mr Smith told Detective Inspector Garth Bryan to investigate Mrs Teokotai’s son-in-law’s complaint and notify the Police Complaints Authority.

But neither officer notified the authority or the police commissioner and therefore acted unlawfully.


The first policeman known to be convicted in New Zealand for perjury has quit his job before police could sack him.

Former Whakatane police Sergeant Stephen John Tresidder resigned yesterday morning, having been found guilty of perjury by
a jury in the Tauranga District Court the night before.

The Bay of Plenty District Commander, Superintendent Gary Smith, said that by quitting Tresidder would avoid appearing before the
police disciplinary tribunal, which would have decided whether to fire him.

“This is the first time in official memory that a police officer has been convicted of perjury,” said Mr Smith.

“Thankfully this is an isolated case and we are pleased that justice has been done.”

Tresidder was found to have lied to a district court judge in Taihape in July 2000 while giving evidence on behalf of a long-time friend,
Michael Lourie, who was convicted of unlawful hunting.

The two men had been caught trespassing on Ngamatea Station off the Napier-Taihape highway, home to New Zealand’s finest
herd of wild sika deer, in April 1999.

Tresidder will be sentenced by Judge Peter Rollo on April 30.

Mr Smith said it was a sad day for police when an officer was convicted of a criminal offence because it eroded public confidence.

“It is critically important to the integrity of the organisation that officers who breach the trust associated with their oath of office
are appropriately dealt with,” he said.

Tresidder, 40, would receive his superannuation entitlement – an amount that would depend on how much of his salary he had put into the fund during his 16-year career.



Inspector HH Hawthorn. v



After reading the above newspaper article Sandra and I went to see Hawthorn and asked him to put a stop to Britton’s offending against our family he said, “No, it’s all historic.” He simply ignored the fact that it was still going on. Hypocrite!


21.08.2001 Harassing the wife of the policeman who shot Steven Wallace last year did not warrant a deterrent or punitive sentence, a New Plymouth judge ruled yesterday. Mr Wallace was shot dead on April 30 last year after a window-smashing spree in the Taranaki township of Waitara. A police inquiry decided that the officer acted in self-defence. Mr Wallace’s mother, Raewyn Mary Wallace, aged 50, and his sister, Kelly Anne Wallace, 22, were convicted last month of harassing the constable’s wife. They followed her home from her husband’s farewell at New Plymouth police station last September 16 and spoke to her. Judge Patrick Toomey said periodic detention or community service would not be a constructive way of dealing with the problems of either family. Instead, he prohibited the defendants from associating with the officer’s wife or her family for 12 months, and ordered each defendant to enter into a $2000 bond to keep the peace towards them. He noted that Raewyn Wallace had written a letter apologising “for what might have been seen as her wish to harm someone”, but added that the Wallaces’ behaviour had caused considerable concern to the officer’s wife and her family. Judge Toomey said the women were all victims, suffering the consequences of an incident which had received significant publicity, and the court must pay heed to the unresolved grief of the defendants. He ordered the names of the complainant and her family to be permanently suppressed.

Compare that ONE instance with the eighty or more that we suffered at the hands of Britton and the police you can see the corruption in Hawthorn’s position.

Constable BF Billows
Constable W Sloss.
Constable Kennedy.
Superintendent PJ Mears.
Constable Pollero.
Constable Dave M Kirby.
Senior Sergeant DA MacLeod. (First time around)
Inspector LJ Duncan.
Constable Philip M Randal. (Caught out committing perjury)
Sergeant Tony Fink.
Constable Stu Nightingale.
Constable Wood
Detective Lyndsay Edwards.
Detective Ernie Dickenson.


2009 editions to the lineup,


Area Commander Inspector Duncan MacLeod, he for the second time


Sergeant Andrew McDonald (on right)
Sergeant David Grey

colin wright
Sergeant Colin Wright

Sergeant Drew Allison

Sergeant Shawn Jones

and these two mofos,

Inspector Gregory Hudson, Professional Standards.

Inspector P A McKay, Professional Standards.

Plus, J Jeffries, Police Complaints Authority who simply went along with and thereby condoned the obviously corrupt police line saying, “I have to advise you that I am unable to arrive at a conclusion markedly different from that notified to you by Superintendent J M Thurston in his letter to you dated 22 March.”

This is some of what JM Thurston said in that letter.

The Police have made every effort to resolve the conflict between your family and Donald Britton with little measure of success. The Police have adopted the policy of prosecution action where a breach of statute has occurred and there is sufficient supporting evidence. This has resulted in the prosecution of your husband Jack Van Der Lubbe on two occasions (both failed) and Donald Britton on one occasion. (Convicted of trespass despite McGillivray’s efforts to have the unavoidable prosecution fail.)

That action has not been taken in respect of alleged threats (and all the rest) made by Donald Britton is because of the situation of claim and counter-claim by both parties. Where there is no independent corroborative evidence, the Police, and indeed the Courts, have a problem in deciding whose word should be accepted. (We proved, by the Private Prosecution, what a pack of lies those two paragraphs are.)

And further down he said this. “From the facts of the situation as represented to me, (the slimy prick’s giving himself an out) I am of the view that there is fault on both sides in respect of this conflict between you and Britton and any problems or perceived problems that your family has with Donald Britton are much of your own making.”

(The lack of independent witnesses is what they were relying on to continue with their do nothing policy. Us, with no unbiased neighbours within 1k, would have had to install independent witnesses on our property. Then it would have been, Oh you’ve paid them to lie for you!)

This is the sort of shameless garbage that the Police dish up to and is so keenly believed by the Police Complaints Authority.

Why would the police behave in this manner I hear you scoff.

They did it because I committed the forever-unforgivable sin of making a complaint against a bent policeman some years before. (Irvine 1987.)


fake claims

And we all know what happened to Doone.


police settle

Can you believe any of these people?

Whatever the latest diagnosis of what ails the FBI – mere incompetence or genuine evil – the real cause would seem to be a cancer of arrogance that springs from within. Ditto the NZ Police.


Other people who aided and or abetted Britton in his criminal campaign were,

Simon James. (Constable Fincham warned Simon James for shooting a protected bird with a 30.06 within 100 meters of our house.)

Mike O’keefe. (Warned by Police for firing a .22 within 20 meters of our house.

Hugh Speed. (Warned by Police for discharging a 12-gauge shotgun into the rear tire of a passing motorist. He did it in anger but he only got a telling off and he got to keep his gun licence. It’s not what you’ve done it’s whether or not the police have a grudge against you. It’s called abusing their discretionary powers.)

Friday, January 28, 2011 8:00

Angus Mars

Burglary ‘not so bad’

When a Wanganui man was asked by his mate to help burgle his mate’s father’s house he went along with it. Angus Alistair Graeme Mars, 38, had told police that because it was his mate’s father’s house it didn’t seem like it was so bad, the court was told. In a pre-sentence report, home detention had been initially suggested as a punishment but the court was told that Mars’ home was still in the midst of reconstruction and his home was not yet suitable. Mars was sentenced to four months’ community detention and ordered to pay $500 reparation.

Mathew Britton.
Lance Rowe
Hayden Irvine.
John Massey.
Tom Knox.
Roy Green, who later apologised for his despicable behaviour.
Daryl Hammond.
Alan James.
Dave Christie
Mike O’keefe.
H Lowe.
E Cummings
H Marumaru.

I know I was a mug for being sucked in by Britton’s mind games but I also know that he has a screw loose. Better safe than sorry.

“But the responsibility of the police and the courts is to uphold the law without fear or favour.” Phill Goff.


Abstract: A close analysis done by the Sporting Shooters Association of New Zealand has shown that gun laws have comprehensively failed to deliver the degree of protection to society that their advocates would insist they do. Instead, we find that the so called, “temporary insane”, who’ve misused guns in high profile events, have in reality had long and extensive histories of deranged and threatening behaviour. Authorities have failed time and again to act when all those warning signs were present. Do killers need to send police and health authorities a telegram stating the time, date and place of a massacre before someone will act to prevent such tragedy? Those same authorities, when challenged about their failure to protect the public, find an all too willing media prepared to scapegoat guns for the actions of the homicidal madmen. The very people that the deliberate policies of successive governments have left abandoned and unsupervised in the community. Ironically, “tougher” gun laws reward those very same authorities for their stuff ups. Their promise is, “Give us even greater powers over ordinary law abiding people, and we promise, next time, we’ll get it right”.


It took the bent cops more than a year, from when we first complained of his death threats, to relieve Britton of his gun licence. A whole year of agitation by me was required to get them to something they should have done on day one.

The New Zealand police force is generally held in high esteem. It would be naive to consider that it has not made mistakes, a few serious after all, it is staffed by people not unlike most of us and is daily immersed in people very unlike most of us. It is impossible to cull every unsuitable recruit and equally difficult to guarantee that none will ever succumb to the temptations that pass his way. It has hard-won a reputation for being about as free of corruption as such an institution can be anywhere in the world, with similar gradings for its commitment to the public, and to efficiency and honesty.

And if you still believe that load of bollocks then you are, to put it quite simply, a fool.

Noel Wallace said his son Guy’s experience (at the hands of the police) had affected the family’s view of the police. “Up until that time we sort of looked up to the police but not now. I wouldn’t trust them two yards? Guy Wallace was the water taxi driver who dropped Ben Smart and Olivia Hope off at a ketch on early New Years day 1998.

I wouldn’t trust them one inch.


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  1. Anonymous said, on 26/12/2010 at 11:01 am

    What a load of crap. You have a persecution complex, in my view. The police should be suing you for libel.

  2. jack said, on 27/12/2010 at 12:48 am

    Let them sue Anonymous, the truth needs no defence.

  3. Why won't they sue? said, on 15/04/2011 at 7:22 am

    Defamation suit highlights blogging risks

    Intellectual property lawyer Peter Dengate-Thrush says you can’t say what you like on the internet, after a senior ACC doctor planned to sue a sex abuse victim

    15 April 2011
    An intellectual property lawyer says you may want to, but you can’t say what you like on the internet.

    It comes after senior ACC doctor Peter Jansen was planning to sue a sex abuse victim who posted critical comments about him on the web for $250,000. ACC Minister Nick Smith confirmed this morning the defamation law suit has been dropped.

    Lawyer Peter Dengate-Thrush says the internet is no place for speaking ill of people, whatever the circumstances. He says people get found out.

    “We’ve had defamation cases which prove that if you defame somebody on the internet you get sued for defamation,” he told Newstalk ZB. “It’s no different than if you’re doing it in a newspaper, a letter or a book.”

    The case came after the victim blogged on her experiences with ACC, naming Mr Jansen. Dr Smith spoke to Mr Jansen last night, who told him the comments had been removed from the internet.

    He says Mr Jansen said last night that was his only objective.

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