COP FOUND NOT GUILTY OF 5 BASHINGS!
Cop not guilty on bashing charges
Martin James Folan had pleaded not guilty in Auckland District Court to six charges of assault.
The jury of five men and six women returned their verdicts this morning after deliberating for about five hours yesterday and one hour today.
Folan was embraced by crying family members in the public gallery when the verdicts were returned.
Folan was accused of one count of elbowing a teenager in the face in a police car, two counts of hitting a man's head against a concrete floor in the police station, one count of kicking a man in the groin or stomach, one count of putting his hands in a choke hold around a prisoner's neck, and one count of kneeing a man in the groin.
A charge of injuring with intent to injure over the knee in the groin allegation was dropped after Judge Roderick Joyce accepted there was no evidence to link Folan's knee to the victim's injury, which required his testicle to be removed.
The charges related to five incidents while Folan was working as a sergeant at the Henderson Police Station.
NO WAY! I knew he would be found not guilty, no NZ Jury finds cops guilty unless they are drunk, off duty and beating the snot out of a Detectives son! It didn't matter that 9 other bloody cops testified against this basher cop, and that a crushed testicle had to be amputated, our Police worshipping culture can see only sunshine and dafidails out of a cops arse.
Just like the death of George Harris at the hands of a Police beating, the cops get away with it once again. Our need to slavishly worship authority is one of our deep cultural faults.
Folan's bashings are all just a normal day at the office for the NZ Police, and our society supports those bashings. It is as ugly as that.