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About those other police complaints …

Written By: - Date published: 6:51 pm, October 6th, 2014 - 50 comments
Categories: david parker, greens, john key, labour, national - Tags: , , ,

So the police has raided Nicky Hager’s home seeking information that may lead to the discovery of who Rawshark is.  The investigation is obviously very politically charged as the raid could have a chilling effect on journalists investigating the Government using information which may have been obtained in unusual circumstances.

This action is comparable to what happened in 2011 when John Key persuaded the police to obtain warrants to raid various media outlets and have Bradley Ambrose formally warned by the police after the teapot tape saga.

But there are a couple of other recent politically charged investigations where the police response has been less than ideal.  For instance in 2010 Matt Blomfield had his office burgled and various emails from a hard drive he believes was stolen appeared on Cameron Slater’s website.  To the best of my knowledge a warrant has not been granted let alone sought to try and find out where the information came from even though Slater clearly had access to information that Blomfield wanted kept private.  And this incident is not a minor thing.  Blomfield has complained that he was recently attacked in his home by someone with a gun and you would think the police would want to investigate matters carefully to see if there was any link between whoever originally obtained the hard drive and the attack.

And there was the Labour complaint filed by David Parker about the revelations in dirty politics in this letter:

1 September 2014

Mr Mike Bush

Commissioner of Police …

Dear Sir

Conspiring to defeat the Course of Justice and other matters

You will be aware of allegations against the former Minister of Justice Hon Judith Collins, Cameron Slater, Carrick Graham and others concerning:

·        Undermining of the Serious Fraud Office

·        Undermining of the Financial Markets Authority

·        Undermining of the head of the SFO

·        Intimidation of witnesses, including Mr Gapes,

in relation to the SFO and FMA investigation into the affairs of the Hanover Group of companies and their directors.

You will also be aware of allegations against the former Minister of Justice, Cameron Slater, and others concerning:

·        Use of personal information regarding Simon Pleasants to incite threats

·        In respect of the Minister, the corrupt use of personal information regarding Simon Pleasants to obtain an advantage (section 105A of the Crimes Act)

·        Use of that information (section 105B of the Crimes Act)

You will also be aware of allegations against Jason Ede, Cameron Slater, Aaron Bhatnagar, and others concerning:

·        Accessing the Labour Party computer system in breach of section 249 and 252 of the Crimes Act

·        The use of dynamic (ie changing) email and computer addresses to avoid detection

These are serious matters that go to the heart of administration of justice in New Zealand and public confidence in democracy and the rule of law.

I would ask that you urgently investigate these matters. I am concerned that there is evidence, including computer records that urgently need to be secured and preserved.

In making this request, I am aware that you exercise your role independently, and that these decisions are yours to make.

Yours faithfully

[Signed]

Hon David Parker

Shadow Attorney General”

There was also an earlier Green Party complaint about the dirty politics revelations lodged on August 14, 2014.  Slater’s complaint was lodged on August 28.

So are these other complaints being investigated properly by the police?  And if not why not?

50 comments on “About those other police complaints …”

  1. coaster 1

    This type of suggestion doesnt bear thinking about.
    I just hope you are wrong.

    • This is exactly the type of suggestion worth thinking about. We need to ask questions of OUR government. When the Forth Estate fails to keep government accountable, Us as citizens must. It is our duty.

  2. Richard 2

    What do you do when corruption extends to the PM’s office. In other countries guerrilla wars have had to be fought to restore democracy.

    I have genuine fears we are heading for civil unrest, assassinations, or attempted murder of politicians.

    The police have to be seen to be doing their job even if they are not going to do anything about it.

    I’m starting to confirm the suspicion I had, that Key cannot or does not have the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, or in this case lack of them as well.

    he does not foresee the civil unrest he is heating up, by ignoring attacks on democratic processes.

    Their is some bloody nut cases out there, if Tama Iti is one, there is a thousand more.

    • kiwisaver 2.1

      I know, we think we’re so safe and cosy in our little paradise, until we find out, in this case through Nicky Hagers book what’s really going on.
      What really gets me though is how most people don’t want to know. They stick with the MSM line that Keys relatively decent and ignore the truth.
      Some of us have seen it coming for years, the guy is after all someone who gambled with the NZ dollar to get rich. I looked at the Whaleoil blog one day and he’d published a photo of a young girl who’d sworn at him in a post. He also said where she studied and worked. Hard to believe but people like this are being used by John Key to scare us.
      But to raid Nicky Hager, while leaving the real perpetrators alone, is a big, worrying call by the police. Maybe we need to march up Queen St or something?

  3. Anne 3

    @ coaster
    Sorry to disappoint you but the police are far-right on the political Richter scale, and will resort to corruption in order to protect their political masters.

    John Key probably helped to engineer this raid. Too much of a coincidence that he hands over the Security Services keys to Finlayson only a matter of days after the raid. Lots of skulduggery to hide and the police are assisting him by conducting acts of harassment and intimidation. I expect Nicky Hagar is just the first among a number of prospective targets.

  4. quartz 4

    It’s corruption. It’s Key’s office that should have been raided by the police. And Collins’. This is a fucking disgrace.

  5. Steve 5

    There are months, maybe years of currency in the Dirty Politics scandals.

    Failing impartial investigation by police, how feasible are private prosecutions of the alleged multiple breaches of the Crimes Act?

  6. Matt 6

    It seems just a little unjust to me! I’m still confident that in time the truth will prevail.
    Watch this space!

    • kiwisaver 6.1

      Hope you know something that others don’t, otherwise the big money and power people are gonna win.

  7. A Cynic 7

    The Commissioner of Police is definitely onto it. Why else would they spend 10 hours searching Nicky Hager’s house for information.

  8. sockpuppet 8

    Shilling for Blomfield….how much lower will this site go ?

    [lprent: I’ve looked closely at both Blomfield and his case against Slater.

    In my view, Slater has already lost the case because much of what he said about Blomfield was some kind of lie. Whether it was massively inflating carefully edited sections that he’d read beyond what a judge will accept as a reasonable interpretation, or just outright making crap up. I suspect that this was simply Slater taking money to attack someone, just as Slater has admitted he has done on Mediawatch, and in his emails published by Nicky Hager and rawshark.

    In his submissions to the courts, Cameron Slater has essentially admitted his defamation already by trying for several defenses, none of which are that he was telling the truth about the facts in dispute. Instead he has claimed a variety of other defenses, none of which appear credible to anyone who looks at his case in detail.

    Consequently you may not go into details of what is in front of the court both because that is up to court to decide and because I have no wish to be a defendant in perpetuating what I consider to be Slater’s lies by you repeating them on this site and making it and me liable.

    So I am preemptively banning you until after the case is settled. Effectively that probably means that you are banned for the foreseeable future. I’d suggest you spend your time on Whaleoil on the basis that it looks like it doesn’t have a future longer than your ban. ]

  9. 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.

      http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/229037/police-accused-of-double-standards-by-greens

      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 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11249346 <— 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 – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11279057

      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 – http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/10241968/Victims-mum-angered-by-leniency-towards-assailant

      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 – http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/10275505/Marae-angry-at-cops-waking-kids

      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 – http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/20145719

      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.

      http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/20147968

      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.

  10. George Hendry 10

    Thanks, BLiP for the sterling work compiling all this.

  11. Jenk 11

    Ditto GH – thanks BLiP ! Scarey stuff. Seems its okay for the cops to be bullies, or incompetent at their jobs, and no-one takes any notice.
    And I do hope – Mickey S – that someone does lay a private prosecution re the Labour computer hack. Something needs to come out into the open about that, at least.

  12. Jenk 12

    What I haven’t heard yet : what were the grounds/reasons for Nicky Hager’s house and computer searched for ? Didn’t Slater withdraw his complaint/charge ?
    Can someone enlighten me please.

    • Anne 12.1

      I think you’re getting mixed up with the court injunction Slater took against the news media outlets who were in possession of rawshark’s emails. He withdrew it after the MSM made it clear they had no intention of releasing any personal stuff.

      Interestingly, they never released any of the final rawshark dump.

      As far as Hagar is concerned, the police claimed they were looking for evidence that would identify rawshark. Hagar suspects it was really an attempt to intimidate him.

    • Zolan 12.2

      They’re supposedly trying to discover Rawshark’s identity. But that fact alone is troubling, regardless of the means they use — I’m sure there’ll be plenty of blogs expanding on that.

      I do wonder whether the unpublished emails released to the MSM contain something that could conceivably paint Rawshark as a serious enough threat to justify it, but I doubt it. Mostly it just looks too much like intimidation, safe in the knowledge that the public won’t think anything of it.

      Of course, the protection Hager has in protecting sources does not eliminate the responsibility of Police to investigate crimes. But they are strangely selective and inconsistent in their priorities.

  13. Lindsey 13

    5 coppers for 10 hours? Remember that when they tell you they are too busy to investigate your burglary and you should come down to the station and some unpaid civilian volunteer will give you a form for your insurance.

    • mickysavage 13.1

      Yep from a policing point of view I am sure they had more important priorities involving safety and violence.

  14. yeshe 14

    Blip .. what a Kiwi hero you are, thank you.

    And today the dissolute toady Michael Woodhouse becomes Minister of Police. Betcha anything you like that the charges against Donghua Liu are allowed to dissipate to oblivion ….

    oh, woe is us ….

  15. Once was Pete 15

    I am not up on the Blomfield case so can’t comment. I would have thought that the warrant on Hager would allow material to be gathered for all the complainants (Greens, David Parker and Slater). In any event the public deserves the full story, not just the bits Hager decided to tell. It is hard to see from all this whether they would take further action i.e. prosecution to discover the identity of the hacker. But this whole area is minefield afte the News of the World hackings and the recent rulings on sources in NZ.

    • mickysavage 15.1

      Nope search warrants are person and premises specific. We don’t have generalized search powers, yet.

      I agree entirely the public deserve the full story which underlines how inappropriate Slater’s attempt to suppress the information was. But the media has all the information but is not doing anything with it. Wonder why not?

      • yeshe 15.1.1

        micky .. from public address this am via link on rt hand side… looking like good news ..

        “At least one of those journalists has now completed a substantial post-election story based on Rawshark material. It’s just a matter of when it will be published.”

    • Tracey 15.2

      then they raided tv3 apn and fairfax too.. yes?

      • One Anonymous Bloke 15.2.1

        I think they are relying on the notion that Hager isn’t a journalist and will leave APN etc alone on that basis.

        I hope the courts disabuse them of this notion.

        • Richard AKA RAWSHARK 15.2.1.1

          More likely Hagar doesn’t have the capital and retained QC’s to defend him like Fairfax and APN.

          It a fight they just do not want to wade into.

  16. Once was Pete 16

    I take your point, but do we know the warrant was specific to Slater? I would guess the mainstream media would have to do fact checking and verification. Who knows, maybe the rest of the material isn’t that exciting, but nevertheless now that there has been partial release the rest must also be made public (excluding purely private emails).

    • mickysavage 16.1

      Warrants refer to places to search and items to be searched for. They could not be used for any of the complaints against slater unless evidence was there. A warrant to search Hager’s home for computers is not a warrant to search Slater’s office for computers.

      • King Kong 16.1.1

        Your aspersions that the Police are corrupt is pretty repulsive.

        The fact that these issues are so heavily in the public eye will mean that the greatest care has been taken to comply with the rules and dispel any potential charge of bias whilst upholding the law.

        You know that of course but using the Police as a political football serves your purpose.

        • Craig Glen Eden 16.1.1.1

          What’s repulsive is John Key using the Police to threaten anyone who dares speak against him or even when he is just having a conversation in public that a journo has innocently recorded. You are such a Hypocrite KK.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 16.1.1.2

          After the collapse of the Urewera trials, and the bungling and perjury already exposed in Dotcom’s case, your argument that the public eye ensures probity is shaky at best.

          Your hypocrisy is showing, Kong.

          • King Kong 16.1.1.2.1

            Yet in this oppressive Police state you have the courage to bag them publicly.

            If you really believe what you are saying you should be being disappeared about now.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 16.1.1.2.1.1

              Really? There are no mass disappearances therefore there are no abuses of power?

              Your feeble logic is coughing its guts out in the corner. Bring a healthier one next time.

              • King Kong

                I think we all accept that the police make errors, but the deliberate malice you are charging them with is simply conspiracy theorist nonsense.

                • framu

                  ok then

                  explain why the police raided a journo – whos not even a suspect – for 10 hours, intimidated his family, effectively shutting down many of his other projects and setting in chain an expensive process for hager to get his property back… when they havent lifted a finger on, and in fact dismissed outright, the other more serious complaints related to the same issue

                  then explain how seeing two elections with two raids on journos (single or org) – who both embarressed JK – doesnt look like political interference

                  and then lets discuss the police publicly labelling ambrose as guilty (defamation) – when they have no legal right to do so

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  I didn’t accuse them of malice I accused them of bias. Everyone has one, what makes you think the cops are different?

        • mickysavage 16.1.1.3

          KK

          Your aspersions that the Police are corrupt is pretty repulsive.

          I have done no such thing. I have asked why these other offences are not being investigated. It is a perfectly fair question. One of the incidents in the face of it is way more serious. Stop raising a straw man argument.

  17. King Kong 17

    No straw man. I just heard your whistling.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 17.1

      Oh sure, pointing out manifest bias is a secret code for something else. Go stand in the Dan Brown corner.

  18. Ron 18

    Interesting today in England Nick Clegg told the LibDem conference the police should not be able to use the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to discover journalists’ sources.
    Of course in NZ we have no such scuples

  19. John 19

    I have been waiting 4 years for Bush to investigate the theft of my emails, so don’t hold your breath

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