I wrote a wee letter complaining about this (linked in above) and just received my response:
CI Kevin Murray, Central wrote:Operation Appetite
I am in receipt of your recent letter on the above, and if you are agreeable I would like to discuss this matter with you in an effort to reassure you that Lothian and Borders Police is in no way seeking to demonise cyclists. As you may understand I spoke to Inspector Gilhooly immediately this matter was raised in the press and the officer is adamant that he did not make the comment as reported and was most disappointed that his attempt to convey the message about a reckless minority was taken totally out of context.
On the day in question the police operation referred to in the Edinburgh Evening News was conducted by officers on bikes. We do most of our business in the City Centre (sic) on foot and on bikes, primarily because the environment lends itself to this type of policing, giving us greater community integration and a swifter response through the busy city streets. It also helps with officer fitness and lowers our carbon footprint.
It is important to be aware that reckless cycling was only one piece of business being addressed during the initiative with a focus also being given to tackling anti-social behaviour and the disruption of individuals involved in criminal activity. Two people were arrested for theft of bikes, whilst several others were issued with anti-social behaviour tickets for disorderly conduct, a number of warnings were issued to motorists and over 300 crime prevention leaflets were distributed.
This type of work is clearly part of our core business and very much the kind of policing that the vast majority of the public wish to see. Whilst I can in no way defend the headline that "cyclists are getting away with murder", I would be keen to talk through the concerns raised in your correspondence and hopefully resolve this matter to your satisfaction.
Seems like quite a reasonable response, and certainly paints a different picture to the media 'spin' (although you'd hardly expect them to own up to making such a howler of a quote).
Any comments / feedback on what I should do as a follow-up? My ire is largely spent.