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Guidelines followed in Clea Rose death – everything cool?

By johnboy 28 March 2006 42

The ABC is reporting that the Liberal’s Steve Pratt has seen the findings of an internal police report on the role of officers in the death of Canberra student Clea Rose.

It says the officers chasing the car which hit the 21-year-old, acted in accordance with national pursuit guidelines.

Anyone think this level of disclosure is satisfactory?

UPDATED: The ABC reports that the ombudsman thinks an inquest is the only way to address any further public concerns about this matter.

FURTHER UPDATED: The Canberra Times is joined in with complaints by “Civil Liberties Australia ACT” (an arsefull piece of re-branding if ever there were) that Minister Hargreaves has broken his promises to them in this matter.

ANOTHER UPDATE: The ABC are saying the report has been released, and yet no report is on the ACT Policing website, so is this just media manipulation?

MORE UPDATES: The Canberra Times is going in hard with two stories. The first with the accusatory line “but they have refused to admit any responsibility for her death”, and another Jack Waterford rocket: Memorial to Clea should be review of pursuit policy.

Also in the Waterford piece:

The police made something of the fact that the inquiry was an entirely independent review, being conducted by the national AFP’s professional reporting standards unit. In fact the PRS subcontracted out the entire job to the ACT Policing collision investigation team – a section of the ACT traffic branch hardly at arm’s length from local vehicle patrolling.

(Also front page browsers would be well advised to take in the comments attached to this item as there are some excellent and lengthy contributions)

One More Update For The Road: The Canberra Times have got a usefull page with the reports they’ve been given as well as the video evidence.

No, I lied, here’s another update: The Canberra Times has also got John Hargreaves suggesting the guidelines on pursuit need reviewing and strong hints that there will be a coronial inquest.

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Special G 11:46 am 29 Mar 06

Some information cannot be released due to whatever reason, privacy or an ongoing investigation. If the media outlets do not withhold the relevant information etc. then they can’t be trusted with that information. Hence the Police media team. CT gets the information when it is able to be released, as do the other media outlets.

Mr CT editor at large commented that 30 years ago he used to get full access to everything. This has since been taken away. I am guessing they screwed up so many times that the priveledge of information access was removed.

Mael has got the transparency thing right. My comment may have been badly worded. The responsibilty and accountability are there and there are checks on those from a number of different sources.

Ari 9:55 am 29 Mar 06

CT has been Police bashing as long as I can remember – why the hell would the Police release information to them.

So it’s OK for police to pick and choose what info is released to the public based on whether they like the media outlet or not?

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