Dear NZ Police
Thank you for contacting me yesterday and threatening me with 6months imprisonment for a parody I posted on The Daily Blog regarding your jaw dropping inaction over the Roast Buster rape club.
You claimed the parody breached the law by referencing the NZ Police. We removed it yesterday to seek legal advice overnight, it’s interesting in your response to APNZ who contacted you yesterday that you said…
A police spokeswoman said they asked had asked for the image be taken down because it was “extremely insensitive to victims of sexual violence and offensive to police officers who work tirelessly to help them”.
“The police recruitment story behind the image features a dedicated police officer who rescued a young woman from an ex-partner who sent hundreds of abusive text messages to the woman over a matter of days.
“Police therefore asked that the image be taken down.’
…because you didn’t mention any of that in your email to me, in your email to me you said…
“use of the term Police or New Zealand Police in operating name”
…was the reason you asked for it to be removed. I feel that you are spinning here now the media have picked up on the story.
My job isn’t to care if your feelings are hurt, my job is to provide a public interest critique of the role you play in society. I took down the image, went public with your threats and considered TDBs legal position overnight.
I’ve considered my position and after removing the elements you were attempting to charge me under, I am reposting the parody here…
..you want to arrest me for parodying your pathetic response, try it on.
Will you also be arresting the NZ Herald for their similar parody this morning?
This terrible case is not about me, and it’s not about this blog, it is about the young women who have been abused and Police inaction. I have always urged women to go to the Police with their rape statements, as you are supposed to be the agency that provides the proper response, I fear those words have been a wasted effort on my behalf as your Department seems mired in a sexist culture.
If you think the public are going to be sympathetic towards a prosecution against me while you sit on your hands with rape braggers, I think you have another thing coming.
Stop threatening blog editors with imprisonment and start pursuing rapists.