Police Commissioner Peter Marshall will be sued by police
officers aggrieved about being linked to a corrupt former cop.
Christchurch lawyer Grant Cameron said today he is acting for
a "group of officers who formerly were part of the management
team'' at the city's south police station.
The group has put Mr Marshall on notice of "imminent
defamation action'' and Mr Cameron said legal proceedings
would be filed early in the new year.
The officers are upset police management didn't correct the
public perception that there were "leadership and
operational'' problems at the station, where former Constable
Gordon Meyer was based.
This week Meyer was sentenced to nine months' home detention
for bribery and indecent assault. He told a suspected
drink-driver she could avoid being charged if she performed
oral sex on him and groped an 18-year-old while giving her a
lift in his patrol car.
Mr Cameron highlighted comments Police Assistant Commissioner
Grant Nicholls made last month as particularly concerning.
"Essentially the position is one where police leaders have
been content to let media believe there were leadership and
operational problems at the Christchurch South station at the
relevant time, and did so when their own inquiry had already
established this to be completely false,'' Mr Cameron said.