are these web pages included, and what relevance do they have to the Ellis
case? The allegations that
have been made by the judge (that there is a 'sick' police culture) do not
involve allegations of sexual abuse, and also do not involve potential
false allegations. The controversy is more associated with debate over how
widespread the proven abuse occurs.
(1) The allegations are part of a group of allegations associated with
institutions, or groups of people, that have currently received increased
(2) The 'sick' police culture that Judge Davidson referred to was
particularly associated with police brutality. This site suggests that the
'sick' culture is symptomatic of more than that - and in particular is
evidence of a lack of professionalism.
The arrogance associated with police brutality of the public, suspects and
prisoners, is equally serious when it is manifest in a "closed
mindset" when it comes to police investigations. Investigations which
are based on a prejudicial and arrogant "we know", leads to a
confirmatory bias- and a significantly increased risk of injustice.
The NZ police have a poor track record for correcting their mistakes and
apologising in a way that would engender public confidence in their work.
The Christchurch Crèche case is a good example of a botched police inquiry,
where the police have a significant responsibility for the injustice that
occurred. The principal
investigating detective, Colin Eade, appeared to be so close to the
complainant parents that proper consideration of the defence case appeared
completely absent. The public were to learn later that Detective Eade had
"romance", with more than one complainant mother, more on his
mind. Such a sexual conflict of interest - that this site suggests would
have affected his objectivity - would lead to instant dismissal in other
professions. The NZ police defend his investigation.
The NZ police have never done anything but strongly defend their
investigation of the Ellis case. More than that they have been guilty of
continuing to harass Ellis with accusations of a supposed "new
case" - whenever there was favourable publicity for Ellis. A radio
interview with the actual complainant ("Nathan") exposed that the
police could have, and should have, quickly investigated and found that the
'new' allegation was provably completely false.
site calls for a New Zealand police that will put aside brutality and
arrogance, and return to an organisation that concentrates on professional
and competent and objective investigations.
This site challenges the New Zealand police to do whatever they can to
"put right" the injustice done to Peter Ellis, for which they
have, unfortunately, a significant responsibility.
Until they do, they are forever damned to the standard of investigation in
the Ellis case that they have until now strongly defended - Shoddy,
inept, gullible, arrogant, prejudicial, incompetent and unprofessional.
Links to News Reports
pre Mar 3 2005
The trial of Solomona
March 3 2005
March 4 2005
March 5-10 2005
March 11-31 2005
from April 2005
Bruce Davidson said the police culture that led to this photo was 'sick
Judge statement that police culture "sick"
Police officer claims in Court such behaviour
Supervising Officer responds: asks police to
"dob in traitors" who whistleblow
Supervising Officer claims event appalling, but
Police Association strongly deny
"sick" police culture.
NZ First MP slams police for starting witch
hunt against whistleblowers
Green MP calls for investigation into police
Lawyer claim that violence against prisoners
Former Police Commissioner concerned behaviour
"tip of iceberg"
Police set up Inquiry "to maintain public