At an “Arrive Alive” road safety briefing, before an audience, in an apparent attempt to really drive the point home, Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom included two pictures he really shouldn’t have: one of a headless body, the other of the head. The family of the victim (a 40-year-old father of three) was horrified, and filed a complaint. So what do you think the Police Complaints Commission concluded? The report was 84 pages! They concluded that no rules were broken. To his credit, the Chief said:
I bitterly regret the distress my actions have caused.
I think I was stupid – a single bad decision, taken in haste, with wholly unintended consequences.
It was an error of judgment and one I will not repeat.
But, to his discredit [?], the Chief also said:
I placed too much trust in the behaviour and integrity of journalists.
So much for fully accepting responsibility. You can read more (a little) here.