MEDIA RELEASE FROM INVESTIGATE MAGAZINE
EMBARGOED TO MIDDAY SUNDAY MAY 13 2007
POLICE COMMISSIONER LIES TO PUBLIC ABOUT BESTIALITY VIDEO SCREENED IN HIS HOUSE
Police Commissioner Howard Broad has watched bestiality videos at his house with his fellow police officers and groped other female staff while stationed in
Dunedin, reveals the latest issue of Investigate magazine in an unprecedented special report.
The allegations, by some of Broad’s former colleagues, are likely to see the Police Commissioner step down, and represent the tip of the iceberg in a massive investigation of police corruption and misconduct by Investigate magazine.
In this morning’s Herald on Sunday newspaper, Broad admits a bestiality video was screened at a party in his house but denies knowing about it until later in the evening.
“Later on in the night someone played a pornographic film. It was reported to me. I didn't see it. Later on it was reported to me as a film of the type you are talking about. It was in my private house," Broad told the paper.
Broad told the Herald on Sunday he was adamant he was not in the lounge at the time the film was played and did not even see the rugby films played that evening.
"I was in the kitchen talking to people. When I found out about it I was annoyed and irritated but there wasn't anything I could do," he told the paper.
On that basis, says the newspaper, Broad continues to have the confidence of Police Minister Annette King and Prime Minister Helen Clark.
However, Investigate can confirm that the real sequence of events contrasts sharply with what he has told the public. A former police colleague of Broad’s is prepared to testify on oath to a Royal Commission that:
“He was there, reveling in the video. He loved it. I was standing with him. The video also featured a pig, and the actors appeared to me to be mentally handicapped. Broad was laughing.”
Magazine editor Ian Wishart says Broad appears to be doing a Bill Clinton.
“To suggest he didn’t see the bestiality video and was unaware of it is a lie that has about as much credibility as Bill Clinton’s admission that he used to smoke marijuana joints ‘but I didn’t inhale’.”
Bestiality videos were (and remain) prohibited objectionable material and their screening is illegal.
Wishart says the magazine’s two year inquiry has pinpointed Dunedin and Christchurch as the hub of police corruption in New Zealand, with officers engaged in organised crime, drugs, rape, extortion, underage sex, kidnapping and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
“Some of the key figures in the corruption allegations were senior detectives on the David Bain case,” Wishart confirmed today, “and we are breaking major new ground on that case as a result.”
The devastating allegations, based on taped statements made by victims and on magazine interviews with witnesses willing to testify to a Royal Commission of Inquiry, also drag in no fewer than six Government MPs, including Attorney-General Michael Cullen, Social Development Minister David Benson-Pope and one of Helen Clark’s closest advisors, Pete Hodgson.
The magazine alleges Cullen and Benson-Pope helped police cover-up details of an alleged pedophile, bestiality and bondage and discipline ring in
Dunedin in the 1980s, while the other MPs were aware of major corruption allegations about Dunedin Police in 2000, but failed to launch any proper investigation.
Wishart adds that Howard Broad’s admission that bestiality videos were screening adds credence to some of the other specific allegations about bestiality in Dunedin, which are specified in the magazine out today.
The following major allegations are contained in a 17 page special investigation in the June issue of Investigate magazine, the result of two years of background inquiries and six weeks of intensive investigation:
That current Police Commissioner Howard Broad had, and was watching, bestiality videos at his going away party from the Dunedin CIB at 19 Arawa St.
That current Police Commissioner Howard Broad fondled junior staff whilst stationed at the Dunedin CIB.
That Howard Broad, when he stated that only a “few” officers were involved in sexual misconduct, either knew or should have known of the extensive sexual misconduct in the Dunedin CIB
That Police National Headquarters, Dunedin Police and the Labour Government helped quash an investigation into a child sex, bondage and bestiality ring operating in
Dunedin in 1984 run by the father of a police officer and attended by at least one Labour cabinet minister.
That current Attorney-General Michael Cullen and the current Minister responsible for CYFS, David Benson-Pope, helped run damage control over the child sex, bondage and bestiality case in 1985.
That current Labour coalition MPs Pete Hodgson, Tim Barnett, George Hawkins and Matt Robson were aware of major allegations of police misconduct from 2000 onwards, including the existence of videotapes of police rapes and bestiality involving police officers.
That by failing to rein in police corruption brought to their attention in the eighties and again in 2000, the Labour government has permitted the culture of corruption to widen in that time, wrecking more lives.
That former Wellington District Commander and current Police National Headquarters officer, Superintendent John Kelly indecently assaulted a number of women, including the daughter of a previous police commissioner.
That Dunedin and Christchurch Police had arrangements to turn a blind eye to organised crime – including underage sex and drug dealing - in return for sexual favours from brothels.
That police have maintained files on key politicians and public figures capable of being used to blackmail the government, judges, lobby groups and even police association members into supporting the status quo.
That Dunedin police officers, former and current, have been involved in multiple rapes of junior female police staff, prostitutes and civilians, drug deals, and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, including falsifying charges.
That several of the top officers in the David Bain case, including Milton Weir, were allegedly corrupt police officers.
That the officer involved in the alleged rape of a court worker, detailed in our last issue and cleared by Police National Headquarters last month, is also a corrupt officer.
That the culture of police corruption, far from being localised to the
Bay of Plenty or historic, extends to a large number of jurisdictions because of staff movements, and continues to the present day.
That the only way to weed the bad cops out of the force is a Royal Commission, because the Old Boys Network within the police is currently looking after its own interests and bringing discredit to the many hardworking honest police who do not have the institutional power to bring change.
Investigate has been shown the names and specific allegations about a large number of current and former police officers alleged to have been involved in multiple rapes, drug deals, extortion, perversion of the course of justice, sexual misconduct, abuse of power, bringing the police into disrepute, abduction and kidnapping, fraud and a range of other crimes. Multiple police districts and National Headquarters are involved. There is far, far more than we have published in this major investigation.
The magazine is calling for an immediate, full Royal Commission of Inquiry into the performance of the New Zealand Police, with wide terms of reference and full powers to subpoena, compel and take evidence on oath. Our informants do not believe the police have sufficient integrity to investigate these allegations against senior officers, and no other independent law enforcement agency exists capable of investigating the police.