Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bizarre comments

I've just seen these comments by Crusher Collins. How very bizarre:
The "very vicious" attack arose from "a situation where there has been a growing lack of respect for the rule of law, and all the attacks on police in the media and elsewhere doesn't help," she said.

"I think it's very important to acknowledge that over the last decade or so there have been numerous attacks (in the media) on the police. There have been the reports into police conduct, all those sorts of things, none of which have actually encouraged people to increase their respect for the police."

Asked if she was saying media reports were a factor in yesterday's attack, Ms Collins said: "No, I'm certainly not saying [that]. You shouldn't jump to conclusions."

I'll be posting more on this later tonight.


Johnno said...

Presumably she's talking about the work of people like Phil Kitchin. All the police I've talked to about the case say Kitchin value the work he did in exposing some really rotten apples in the Police who had managed to get away with things for too long.

pdm said...

I think there are two issues which have resulted in the loss of respect for police:

1. One is the way the matters referred to by Johnno are reported - with blazing headlins COPS........etc etc. The use of the word Cops instead of Police in headlines is something which really gets up my nose.

2. The using police as revenue collecters.

Psycho Milt said...

Get the feeling she saw the trap she'd built for herself just a bit too late?

Dex said...

I don't really see how mentioning the media bias or O'Connor using it to justify firearms at the hip really make any sense.

These people don't read or follow the papers or news and he wouldn't have been justified in pulling his firearm initially and in this case once the maggots got the best of him it would more than likely have been used against him.

Perhaps this is just a tactical mistake on his part in stopping the vehicle without backup and allowing himself to be hit from behind. The penalties for hitting a Police Officer need to be vastly increased, but in this case blaming all and sundry before the facts are in seems a bit premature.

Why not write in 3 hours of mandatory weights and self-defence/awareness training for every frontline officer and a minimum size/weight standard for joining.

Simo said...

She did finish off the sentence on Newstalk ZB, she said that the media focus was on how another person died during or following a police chase. What the media didnt say was that the offender was running from the police instead of stopping when challenged to do so by the police. The consequences were that they killed themselves or other people in that process

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Well, I think she is right. The media, electronic and print, have absolutely no standards, no idea of real balance, nos sense at all of community responsibility.

If it sells papers, it's all right Jack.

Anonymous said...

the Police are experiencing the same level of respect that IRD officers have, except they deal with a more violent group of individuals, and this has all come about because they are acting like revenue collectors raping the populace's wallets for minor infractions while real crime like rape, murder, GBH, child abuse and theft/robbery go unpunished.
You can point the finger firmly at Labour for that, because it was under them this policy was tweaked and buffed. National of course are as guilty too, because they have done nothing reallyh to improve the image of the cops, apart from tjhe imminent replacement of the Labour lapdog currently heading the organisation.

Gooner said...

I wish I had the time to show you are wrong Adolf, but I don't.

Anonymous said...

I know competent policemen who do not endorse the career to young men thay respect. That must indicate how bad it is on the inside.