Police

Our Police are awesome. Not that the Labour party want you to think that

Allegations of misconduct against 135 police officers have been upheld this year – and although 20 have left the force, none have been sacked.

Sigh

Official figures released earlier this month show almost 1700 complaints were made against officers and police employees, relating to 1312 incidents, from January through until June.

Violence, sexual misconduct and disgraceful behaviour were among those, with service failure and unprofessional behaviour the most common.

Of the 1004 investigations carried out, 143 were upheld, at least in part. […]

Labour MP Stuart Nash said he was slightly concerned that none of the officers were dismissed as result.

The Labour Party of unions and the worker are always so keen to fire people.

“I have no doubt that once an allegation’s upheld it goes on the police officer’s record, and I would expect, and no doubt the police themselves would expect, the officer to behave in an exemplary manner going forward.” Read more »

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Media Party blows on Scarlette’s embers against everyone’s wishes

The whole Scarlette drama was done and dusted until Radio New Zealand decided to write another piece with the words penis and vagina in it.

Police today said they had twice approached the woman after she raised concerns about the behaviour of players at the end-of-year rugby function.

At the time the woman was offered further information and support by police. However, based on those discussions, which included consideration of her wishes and the information available to them, police were not able to take the matter further.

“Given what has been reported in the media today we will again see if there is any further information she wishes to provide for police to assess,” said the spokeswoman.

The allegations made by Scarlette have rocked the nation and New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew last night admitted the scandal had not been appropriately dealt with. Read more »

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The po-po needs more fuzz

Veteran campaigner Penny Bright is arrested as occupy protesters are evicted by council officials and police from Aotea Square, Auckland, New Zealand, Thursday, January 26, 2012.  Credit:SNPA / David Rowland

Seems it’s time we have more police on the job.  Just in time for an election year budget spend-up.

Police feel they are under-delivering and under too much stress, according to the force’s annual workplace survey.

The survey details how officers across the country feel about their jobs. Read more »

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Mary, Officer Paul and Laura.

Mary, Officer Paul and Laura.

How to Bring a Dead Man to Justice

We set out to dance on the grave of the grandfather who molested us as children. We never got there, but what happened instead changed our lives

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you” 

Maya Angelou

When Mary Lovely and her cousin Laura Parrott-Perry were two little girls. They were both sexually abused by their grandfather from the time Mary was eight until she was fourteen and Laura was seven until she was nine.

Mary didn’t talk about it for 35 years.

She remembers being in the kitchen as a youngster around twelve and overhearing her parents talking with Laura’s dad.  In the midst of a bitter divorce, he was angry because Laura had told her mother she had been molested by her grandfather. Her mother believed her. He didn’t.

It was the first time Mary spoke up. “I tried to communicate to my uncle and my parents that he had done that to me too, but the conversation didn’t go as I had thought it would,” she said. “They asked me why I hadn’t told them before and then they were silent. My story was buttoned up, never mentioned again and that was the end of it. Why wouldn’t they listen to me? I thought it was because I was bad.”

The two cousins were kept apart from each other from then on. Laura never had to see that side of the family again. Mary continued to suffer the abuse until she was 14. Both said their grandfather had stolen the child within them and referred to themselves as ‘ancient ruins’ before they were ten.

“As abuse victims, we all continue to carry this dark, dark shame,” said Laura. “We don’t want anyone to know about it. We are told it is ‘unspeakable.’  So, you don’t speak about it and you carry it around in this little pocket in your heart and it infects everything. You leave it alone and it’s toxic.”

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Adam and Peter Lanza on a hike when Adam was about ten. As a child, Peter says, Adam was “just a normal little weird kid.” The father said that he wished his son had never been born. (THE NEW YORKER)

Adam and Peter Lanza on a hike when Adam was about ten. As a child, Peter says, Adam was “just a normal little weird kid.” The father said that he wished his son had never been born. (THE NEW YORKER)

The Father of the Sandy Hook Killer Searches for Answers

Adam Lanza was ‘evil’ and would have killed me ‘in a heartbeat,’ says his dad, and wishes his psycho mass murderer son had never been born.

In an interview, Peter Lanza dubbed his gun-crazy boy “evil” for killing his mother, 20 children, six staff and then himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012.

“You can’t get any more evil,”

Describing his youngest son as “socially awkward,” Lanza believed his child — diagnosed with Asperger’s — was in fact an undiagnosed schizophrenic.

“Asperger’s makes people unusual, but it doesn’t make people like this”

Doubting that the official diagnosis was the cause of the murder spree, Lanza said it was “a mask that veiled a contaminant” and allowed him to act bizarrely without question.

Lanza broke his silence, because he thought his story might help.

He said he finally thought his story was an important part of the puzzle, and that he had a moral obligation to tell it.

He also said he had to recognize how his son had grown up and changed.

In Peter Lanza’s new house, on a secluded private road in Fairfield County, Connecticut, is an attic room overflowing with shipping crates of what he calls “the stuff.” Since the day in December, 2012, when his son Adam killed his own mother, himself, and twenty-six people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, strangers from across the world have sent thousands upon thousands of letters and other keepsakes: prayer shawls, Bibles, Teddy bears, homemade toys; stories with titles such as “My First Christmas in Heaven”; crosses, including one made by prison inmates.

People sent candy, too, and when I visited Peter, last fall, he showed me a bag of year-old caramels. He had not wanted to throw away anything that people sent. But he said, “I was wary about eating anything,” and he didn’t let Shelley Lanza—his second wife—eat any of the candy, either. There was no way to be sure it wasn’t poisoned. Downstairs, in Peter’s home office, I spotted a box of family photographs. He used to display them, he told me, but now he couldn’t look at Adam, and it seemed strange to put up photos of his older son, Ryan, without Adam’s. “I’m not dealing with it,” he said.

Later, he added, “You can’t mourn for the little boy he once was. You can’t fool yourself.”

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” Moderate ” Turkey controlled by brutal dictator

If you were in any doubt about the status of Turkey this article will remove it as it tells you about the thousands of Turkish soldiers who are being raped and starved as punishment for the failed coup against President Dictator Erdogan. According to Amnesty International they are also being left without water in terrible cramped conditions.

Pictures have emerged on social media, reportedly of soldiers being held in Turkey

Pictures have emerged on social media, reportedly of soldiers being held in Turkey

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Gary Leon Ridgway. King County plea agreement: Pleaded guilty Nov. 5, 2003, to 48 counts of aggravated first-degree murder in a deal that spared him from execution and finally brought answers in the infamous and long-unsolved slayings.

Gary Leon Ridgway. King County plea agreement: Pleaded guilty in 2003, to 48 counts of aggravated first-degree murder in a deal that spared him from execution and finally brought answers in the infamous and long-unsolved slayings.

Green River Killer

Chillingly, He referred to Killing Young Women as his “Career.”

Warning :Some parts in this story are disturbing

He may be America’s most prolific serial killer. Yet the name Gary Ridgway—a.k.a. the Green River Killer—is not as well known when compared to the many other murderers who have haunted nation’s headlines. Convicted of killing 49 women over the course of two decades, Ridgway has confessed to killing almost twice that number, and admitted in later statements that he claimed so many lives he lost count.

On August 15, 1982, Robert Ainsworth, 41, stepped into his rubber raft and began his descent south down the Green River toward the outer edge of Seattle’s city limits. It was a trip he had made on many occasions, yet this time it would be different. As he drifted slowly downstream, he noticed a middle-aged balding man standing by the riverbank and a second, younger man sitting in a nearby pickup truck. Ainsworth suspected that the men were out for a day’s fishing.

He asked the older man if he had caught anything. The man replied that he had not. According to Smith and Guillen’s book, The Search for the Green River Killer , the man standing then asked Ainsworth if he found anything, to which Ainsworth replied, “Just this old singletree.” Soon after, the two men left in the old pick-up truck and Ainsworth continued to float down the river. Moments later he found himself surrounded by death.

As he peered into the clear waters his gaze was met by staring eyes. A young black woman’s face was floating just beneath the surface of the water, her body swaying beneath her with the current. Believing it might be a mannequin, Ainsworth attempted to snag the figure with a pole. Accidentally, the raft overturned as he tried to dislodge the figure from a rock and Ainsworth fell into the river. To his horror, he realized that the figure was not a mannequin, but a dead woman. Seconds later he saw another floating corpse of a half nude black woman, partially submerged in the water.

Quickly, Ainsworth swam toward the riverbank where the truck stood earlier. In shock, he sat down and waited for help to arrive. Within a half hour, he noticed a man with two children on bicycles. He stopped them, told them of his gruesome discovery and asked them to get the police. Before long, a policeman arrived at the scene and questioned Ainsworth about his find. The officer disbelievingly walked into the shallow river and reached out toward the ghostly form. The officer immediately called for backup.

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The stupidty of Greg O’Connor and the Police Association

The Police Association want the Police to be the only people with guns.

They have made their submission to the inquiry into gun control and have several rather bizarre claims and suggestions.

The biggest outrage is to request a ban on what they call “.50 calibre firearms”.

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Surely Police aren’t seriously suggesting we have no new bars in Auckland for six years

The Police seem to have become captured by anti-alcohol health campaigners, and producing equally dodgy assumptions as fact, as they suggest that Auckland should have no new bars for six years.

The smartphone footage shows them puffing up their chests and barging into each other. One of them shapes up to a woman in black shorts. He flattens her off her high-heels and she lands heavily head-first on the concrete.

In another video caught on CCTV a man falls over as he attempts a roundhouse kick. Another pummels his fists into him as he lies on the ground.

The two videos, taken two months apart, at roughly the same spot on Auckland city’s Fort St, show the moment tensions spill over into late-night brawls that end with multiple people in hospital, or facing criminal charges – or both.

For police, the videos give them two new pieces of evidence in their argument for tougher restrictions on when people should be able to drink in the city.

They are mounting a case for a six-year ban on all new bars and bottle shops in Auckland’s CBD, as well as a 1am one-way door policy and a 3am close.

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There is honour in helping the police keep us all safe

Kerry McIvor muses:

Nosiness gets a bad rap.

Think of nosy neighbours. Who wants them peering out through their net curtains, observing your comings and goings and counting the gentlemen callers? Tutting at the time you pulled up in a taxi, hissing through their teeth in horrified delight as you staggered up the path and fumbled for the door key?

Nosiness implies disapproval and judgment and censure.

And yet that’s not always the case. I loved hearing this week about the case up north of the locals who helped police uncover New Zealand’s biggest methamphetamine haul.

The alleged crims were busted when locals reported suspicious vehicles in the area and people trying to launch boats off the Far North’s west coast. A low-flying aircraft added to the mystery.

Some locals were offered suspiciously large sums of money to help strangers get their boats into the water and knew something wasn’t kosher.

So they took down registration numbers, memorised faces and called police – and New Zealand’s largest drugs bust came down to good old-fashioned neighbourliness.

It reminded me of the Rainbow Warrior bombing more than 30 years ago.

I once viewed a couple of guys sitting in a car in the street not doing anything at all for quite some time. I simply walked out, took a photo of them and the licence plate, and walked back in as they drove past cursing at me. We all know the rhythms of the places we live, and when something is different.  Read more »

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