- Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:29 pm #263495
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This little rat tried to jump ship when he could see what was coming. Whether a police employee can have his or her pension deferred in light of an investigation is something I don't know enough about. It may be a few years before this investigation is complete during which time he can live off a comfortable pension. I was doubtful like many about e-petitions when they started but it was the Hillsborough one which prompted the debate to get those files released in the first place. Bettison had a key role in the propaganda unit set up by South Yorkshire Police in their attempt to shift the blame away from themselves and onto the fans. Calling it propaganda is not being dramatic because in light of what we now know, that is what it was. Only this week West Yorkshire Police made a complaint about Bettison for trying to influence their decision to refer him (to the IPCC) by retiring. The link to the petition is above if you wish to sign it.Postpone Norman Bettison's retirement
Responsible department: Home Office
On 4th September 2012, Sir Norman Bettison announced his decision to retire from his position as Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police. He took this decision just days after he was referred to the IPCC for an investigation into his conduct in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster.
The Hillsborough Independent Panel's report into the disaster finally laid bare the truth about the events of 15th April 1989 and vindicated the families who have been fighting 23 years for justice. Allowing Mr Bettison to retire on full pension before a full investigation into his actions is completed and before any disciplinary proceedings can be considered would undermine the Government's public commitment to secure the justice that the victim's deserve.
Therefore we call on the Home Secretary to use whatever powers she has at her disposal to postpone the retirement of Mr Bettison until the outcome of the IPCC investigation and any subsequent disciplinary proceedings.