• david bernstein

    Who dictated the Report? Police don’t talk about “conclusive proof”, they talk about “evidence”; “conclusive proof” is lawyer-lingo. The police know that they do not need “conclusive proof” before they can lay a charge. Also, it seems unlikely that an issue with this much explosive potential for the community would be left for decision at the level of detective-constable.

    The Report takes pains to imply that “hate propaganda” depends on how the material was promoted; in fact, however, whether or not a statement constitutes “hate propaganda” under the Criminal Code depends on what its effect would be if it were communicated.

    My guess? Someone important made a political decision that the matter should not proceed, instructed his/her lawyers to kosher up a justification for the decision, and made detective-constable Topping the flak-catcher.