The story of gang drugs going missing from an evidence locket in the Waikato leading to the case against that gang member being dropped just won’t lie down. Â The cop under the gun explains why he was so “friendly” with the gang
A former Huntly police officer believed it was his duty to forge relationships with gang leaders and criminals.
Blair Donaldson said it was his job, as a sergeant, to make those ties.
“If I’m on leave and there’s a gang homicide, they’re not going to speak to some stranger.”
Donaldson, 52, believes it was these relationships that meant he came under suspicion when police began a criminal investigation three years ago into the disappearance of methamphetamine from the Huntly police station.
About $5000 worth of the drug, confiscated from a Black Power member was taken from an evidence safe some time between June 2010 and January 2011, when a district-wide audit found the drugs missing.
Police have now admitted “multiple” drugs exhibits went missing from the station, but have refused to give details.
Two weeks after the theft was discovered, the gang member changed his plea from guilty to not guilty, sparking speculation within police circles that a “rat” had tipped off the gang that the drugs were gone.
Donaldson subsequently found himself the subject of a Code of Conduct investigation over an audit he had conducted of the station shortly before the drugs were discovered missing.
He was accused of falsifying the audit and later charged with serious misconduct. His relationships with gang members were brought up during questioning.
He strongly denies any wrongdoing and feels as though he’s been made a scapegoat. His record, including a bravery award for helping defuse a hostage situation, wasn’t taken into consideration, he says.
It isn’t too hard to connect the dots. Â But to do so at a standard that can stand up in court appears to be the problem. Â Especially when it turns out their “evidence safe” was a joke Â Read more »