Yesterday we found out that the Police were not going to press charges against freelance cameraman Bradley Ambrose.
Forget the accusations about Police holding onto the decision until John Key was away, forget the forced “letter of regret” as opposed to a “letter of apology”, forget the accusation of bullying as the Crown seeks court costs but let’s just have a look at one part of this where I am feeling very uncomfortable.
But today police revealed they will not lay charges against Ambrose, despite finding the recording to be unlawful.
Police said they agreed the conversation was private and said the recording was at best “reckless”, but more likely deliberate.
In this small release, we find out that the Police have deemed the action unlawful, deliberate and the conversation private…the problem is that this is not the Police’s job.
They have ‘passed sentence’ on Bradley Ambrose, and he has no right of recourse in court, unless he then chooses to take a libel action himself…which seems unlikely.
This morning David Slack quoted Graham Edgeley by saying that if there is any public statement about guilt prior to a conviction is a violation of the presumption of innocence.
In this case the Police have said Ambrose is guilty and wrong…when it’s not their job to do so.