Cairns, like most larger areas, has a dedicated QPS Media officer in Senior Constable Russ Parker. He's generally been a fair and reliable source of crime news in Cairns, and usually ensures that John MacKenzie doesn't step "over the line" in his reporting on local crime. MacKenzie is known to be quick to point out allegations of crime against certain indigenous members of the community, and he's not unwilling to exaggerate situations. Cueball has frequently said over the years that "hundreds of pushbikes are stolen from Cairns Central." HUNDREDS. MacKenzie is the bottom-feeder of broadcasters, trolling up misery for his own amusement.
SC Parker however has played along with MacKenzie in ignoring a serious crime charged this week. On Thursday a 41-year-old male Constable was stood down by the QPS, charged with Grievous Bodily Harm of a 23 year old British tourist on April 17, in the Cairns CBD.
The incident has been "hidden" by SC Parker twice - once when it occurred on April 17, and then yesterday when the Constable was stood down and charged. We know about the incident ONLY because of the reports made by the Queensland Police Service Ethical Standards command, who released the information yesterday in Brisbane.
Not a mention of it by SC Parker to the Cairns community. Not in his daily "media wrap", nor when he gave his 10 minute crime wrap-up on the MacKenzie program. John MacKenzie who has little trouble reading all the bad news out of the newspaper was happy to play along with the local QPS media coverup, despite the story on this constable being featured in the Cairns Post.
All sadly typical.
And unlike most criminals charged with such a serious offence, no word on the name of the Constable involved despite the QPS asking for "information which could assist in this matter". If we don't know his name, how can other possible victims of this copper come forward with their information? Likewise if this Constable has an exemplary record of service, those people can't come forward either. Because we're hiding his name - despite the Crime and Corruption Commission statement saying that "The CCC has reviewed all the available evidence and determined there are reasonable prospects of a successful criminal prosecution".
The victim of this alleged attack sustained serious injuries including a broken jaw and eye socket. A great Welcome to Cairns for our wonderful backpackers.
This lack of candor from SC Russ Parker comes on the heels
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For the record, RFID chips on your credit card (the part that makes the cards "PayWave" ready) contain only encrypted data and have had ZERO reports of actual fraud requiring the use of a special wallet. Sure, they can be read - but it's gibberish that can't be decoded.
You can't make this shit up.
Sadly I guess SC Russ Parker is getting his technical information from Ouija boards and TV commercials.
Trust by the public in their police service is a nebulous but necessary component of policing success. And the trust can be squandered very quickly by them in short order with foolish mistakes and missteps.
And in the case of this week's criminally-charged Constable, Parker seems happy to hide the truth from all of us in Cairns.