I don’t like Investigate Magazine either, but really…
The Police Complaints Authority amazingly has decided NOT to investigate claims raised in Investigate magazine that Dunedin police officers were involved in corruption, drug-taking, rape and child-sex rings. Now I don’t like Investigate Magazine either, but the grounds for the refusal of the Police Complaints Authority are ludicrous, their counter to their inaction is that no specifics were mentioned, and as such they can’t investigate. Doesn’t that just astound you, not only does the Police Complaints Authority heavily censor any of their decisions anyway, not only are they cops investigating cops (and we know from the Bazley report that cops lie and protect one another, and are unlikely to change on their own), but the Police Complaints Authority also get to decide if any accusations are ‘specific’ enough for them to investigate – Jesus Christ on a bicycle, the accusations revolve around corruption, drug-taking, rape and child-sex rings – I can’t imagine more incentive to make sure those accusations are baseless than a full investigation!
I’ve said it once, and I’ll keep saying it – we need an independent police complaints authority NOW!
No investigation into sex, drugs claims against police
Allegations that serving and former police officers were involved in crimes including rape and drug-taking will not be investigated by the Police Complaints Authority. The historic allegations came to light in an article published in Investigate magazine, which claimed that Dunedin police officers were involved in corruption, drug-taking, rape and child-sex rings. The magazine also revealed that a pornographic film involving bestiality with a chicken was screened in 1981 in the Dunedin home of Howard Broad, now the Commissioner of Police. Mr Broad has admitted the film was screened but said he was unaware it had happened until later. Police Complaints Authority head Justice Lowell Goddard, QC, said yesterday that no claims from the magazine required investigation or action by the authority without specific complaints. Deputy Commissioner of Police Lyn Provost said police had not received any claims about the allegations but would investigate any if they arose.