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A POLICE INQUIRY.

■ . ♦ —— [From Our Parliamentary Reporter.] WELLINGTON, November 8. The inquiry into the charges preferred against Inspector Emmerson, of Napier, will take place at Auckland on Thursday next before Mr Eyre Kenny, S.M., of Wellington. Ministers explain that this investigation is being held altogether apart from the Royal Commission whioh will be appointed to deal generally with the charge concerning police administration, and which is not being set up to inquire into individual cases. The allegations in Mr Emnwrson's case were formulated by Mr T. E. Taylor in his Address-in - Reply Bpeeob. On September 30, when - Bpeaking on the question of _ police administration, he said: There is a matter which promises to develop into as big a scandal as the K rby scandal, and yet the department cannot be moved. A charge U made against an inspector of the police force in thiß colony. The charge was made weeks ago, and it seems to me to be treated.with indifference, as were the charges I have already referred to. The charge was made* that on a day within the last six months this officer was in a state of drunkenness on board a steamer going up the coast of the North Island; that during the night-he twice committed an act of indecency in the cabin in the presence of his fellow-passengers; that he was remonstrated with; that he used the most disgusting language to the gentleman who remonstrated with him; and that next morning they insisted on being removed from the cabin in which they and the inspector were travelling to another- cabin. The fact is that this charge has been in the possession of the department for some weeks past, and there seems to be little or no probability of the matter being dealt with, because those laying the information are not prepared to undertake a private prosecution. I say a private prosecution ought not to be necessary, for this reason : that the man conc?rned is notoriously a drunkard .and notoriously a gambler. I say that we can prove that the same man was drinking in a Napier hotel on a Sunday this year, and that he has been in a state of drunkenness in another steamer in addition to theDingadee, the one the charge has 1 een made in connection with • th it he was drunk in the year 1895 in a place of public resort in Napier—that fact was reported to headquarters by a leading professional man of the town of Napier; that he has been charged with assault by a justice of the peace of Wood, ville, and the charge was treated in this way: The man who made the charge was informed "that it had been submitted to the inspector and he denied it absolutely," and within a few weeks of the charge of assault having been made the inspector was promoted! from a second class inspector to a first class inspeotor, Then, under the same gentleman's rule, there was a charge made against Inspector Kirby, and it was that gentleman who certified to InspectorKirby's oharaoter when the Hermann charge waß first made against him of blackmailing.. There are many other matters in connection wish this officer one could name s his record for years past has been a public scandal, and, strange to say, the only man who does not seem to know about it is the gentleman who ought to hive known about it first, the Hon. the Defence Minister.

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A POLICE INQUIRY., Evening Star, Issue 10466, 9 November 1897

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A POLICE INQUIRY. Evening Star, Issue 10466, 9 November 1897

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