02 November 2012

Moving men caught in mistaken identity blunder – Media misinformation

In Australia the corporate media is controlled by literally three people, Murdoch, Packer and Stokes, with 70% being controlled by Murdoch.

In this article the corporate media, went on to misinform or rather leave out critical information (evidence) from the online version of its printed news in order to erase police harassment.

In order to make searches more difficult, the headlines are also changed from the printed versions, so the public cannot easily trace a story.

The online articles with relation to two removalist personnel handcuffed by police is outlined below at two different internet addresses, with identical content:

Moving men caught in mistaken identity blunder

Two Melbourne removalists were themselves removed this morning, when police mistook them for burglars.
The men were shifting a client and her belongings from her house when a neighbour phoned police, believing the men were stealing the woman's belongings.

About 8.20am today, the removalists, from Man with a Van, were approached by police on St Kilda Road, near Fitzroy Street, after traffic was stopped.

A witness, Jo Templin, said police walked through the blocked traffic as though looking for someone.

She said that the removalists were handcuffed and police threw them to the ground. But they were later allowed to continue on.

Man with a Van general manager Matt Windsor said he believed this was the first experience of its kind for his staff and the two were "a bit knocked about".

Mr Windsor said the men were in full uniform and were shaken up at being handcuffed and put on the ground.

"Once they convinced the powers that be that they were who they were, they were sent on their way for a cup of tea and a good lie down," he said.

A police spokeswoman confirmed the removalists were mistaken for burglars and said no charges would be laid.

Another article appearing at smh.com.au with relation to the story is as follows:

Handcuffed removalist considers legal action


One of two removalists handcuffed and thrown from his work van at gunpoint on Thursday is considering legal action against police.

The men were mistaken for burglars when a neighbour of a woman moving house in Prahran called police to report the house was being burgled.

The men, working for Man with a Van, were pulled from their van on St Kilda Road about 8.20am. The company's director, Tim Bishop, said this afternoon that he was concerned about the wellbeing of his staff.

"They weren't in a good state," he said.

Mr Bishop said the police appeared to have been heavy-handed and that when the identity of his staff had been confirmed, one officer said: "Oh well, you looked kind of dodgy."

"They're humiliated by the whole episode," said Mr Bishop of his employees.

"They [police] may have been following protocol but they were taking it to the nth degree."

Mr Bishop said one employee was considering legal action and had consulted family lawyers.

He added that the effect on his company's image would be negative, particularly because many people saw the incident and would draw incorrect inferences because his staff, in full uniform, were handcuffed and removed from the van at gunpoint.

"One of the things that probably made it work out in a positive way is that the guys [staff] were so amicable; even though they had guns pulled and pointed at them and thrown to the ground, they were still compliant and did what they were told," he said. "Many wouldn't."

Mr Bishop said he was not expecting an apology from the police, but it would be nice if his staff received one.

"I don't want to vilify the police, but it did seem heavy-handed to me," he said.

But police say several requests were made for the men in the van to get out were ignored.

"One of the police members has made a risk assessment and pulled his firearm from the holster. It was not pointed at the men at any stage," said a police spokeswoman.

"Once the men complied with the police member's directions, the firearm was immediately reholstered. Two men were arrested, however were quickly released when police made contact with the occupants of the premises and were able to ascertain they were away on holiday and had people house sitting.

"Local police managers are conducting an internal review of the events and will address any learnings as they arise."


In the printed version of Melbourne’s Herald Sun the article appears with the headline:

Cops on the move

The last paragraph contains the words:

Once police realised the error it is believed one laughed and said: “Oh well you look dodgy.” The men haven’t ruled out legal action.


This article having appeared in print now suggests that the individuals are dodgy, meaning  look like criminals (exactly how do criminals look like ?), in effect opening the door to legal action against the police. 

Although the corporate media did mention this on the smh.com.au news site, the information was curiously omitted from theage.com.au. The corporate media have overlooked this crucial paragraph from its online publication, in effect falsifying the sequence of events for ever.

The corporate media working together with police to conceal police crimes.

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