4 comments on “If you don’t call the doctor when someone is dying of a drug overdose, is that murder, manslaughter or ‘failing to provide the necessaries of life’? According to police, it’s not even a crime.

  1. You should know by now that the IPCA are as fundamentally dishonest as the masters they serve and any expectation that they will do the right thing is totally unrealistic.
    The Howard League who are one of the few organisations left that are supposed to look after the interests of people like Jai Davis are incipid and ineffectual, certainly in the Wellington branch. They do lots of talking and chest beating but when it comes to doing anything practical and effective about the real issues they just talk more and do less.
    Any expectation that police would do the right thing is just plain naive. You don’t get to management and decision making level within the police based on any perception of compentence, you get there by bowing to the will of your masters. So often decisions made at management level about charging ar not made on the basis of evidence but are driven by the bias of the particular decision maker.
    This then leaves the question of when do you intend to lay your private prosecutions? You will unlikely get any support from your Wellington Howard League friends so it is down to you and whichever lawyer you chose to help you.

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  2. The family of a woman who was murdered by her boyfriend (in Britain) after a 999 delay have been told they cannot sue two police forces for negligence. Joanna Michael, 25, from St Mellons, Cardiff, rang 999 twice before Cyron Williams stabbed her to death in 2009.The British Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) ruled she was failed by South Wales and Gwent Police.

    According to the BBC “In the lead judgement, Lord Toulson said the law is clear that the only person who is to blame for harm is the person who caused it.”

    He ruled that even if the police could be reasonably aware of a threat to life, that does not mean they have an immediate duty of care to that specific individual which overrides everything else they must do. Two of the seven Supreme Court judges ruled in the family’s favour. Lord Kerr and Lady Hale said that if any case crossed a high bar for suing the police for negligence, then it would be the death of Joanna Michael.

    That means that in the past decade three of our most senior judges – the other being the late Lord Bingham – have argued that the police should, sometimes, face the music. So the pendulum may be on the turn towards making the police liable.”
    Astonishing, but maybe a light on the horizon?
    Keep up the good work Roger.

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  3. Reality is that neither Police nor Corrections give a toss and under Ray (skinhead pomme) Smith at Corrections and Mike Bush at Police nothing will change. Corrections stop prisoners having any item of clothing that contains the colour BLUE because it is supposedly a GANG colour. Ironically both Police and Corrections officer wear BLUE so there are this country’s TWO biggest gangs.

    Is death in prison a public concern? Highly unlikely. Apart from close friends and family most voters couldn’t care less what happens inside prisons so the Key government can turn a blind eye. In 2014 two elderly inmates died in Rimutaka as a consequence of spending weeks in Upper Prison wing that had NO HEATING in cells. Corrections ignored that and simply wrote them off as “well he had cancer so was gonna die” and the only time Sam Lotu-Iiga will take an interest is when TV1/TV3 get on his case.

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