Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Authority finds Police use of force during arrest justified

Authority finds Police use of force during arrest justified

In releasing its report on the use of force by Police in arresting a high-risk man who posed a serious threat of harming himself or the officers at the scene, the Independent Police Conduct Authority found that Police complied with the law and Police policy, and were justified in their actions.

On the afternoon of 12 May 2013 Police received a report of a domestic incident. Police drove to an isolated rural property where they found the man associated with the incident (Mr X) at the top of his driveway dousing himself with petrol and threatening to set himself alight if Police came closer. The officers retreated and the Armed Offenders Squad (AOS) was called. The AOS was briefed that Mr X was suicidal, that his property could be booby-trapped and that he may have access to firearms. Despite attempts to communicate with Mr X using a loud hailer, Mr X did not comply with the AOS instructions and continued to state he would set himself on fire if Police did not leave the property. The AOS dog handler decided to release his dog in order to apprehend Mr X. In doing so, the Police dog bit Mr X on his upper thigh causing him to fall to the ground. A struggle between the officers and Mr X then occurred. Mr X alleges one of the officers used excessive force during his arrest by dropping a knee into his back. Following the incident Mr X was taken by ambulance to hospital and treated for puncture wounds caused by the police dog, a punctured lung and fractured ribs. The Authority accepts that these injuries were caused during Mr X’s arrest.

In releasing today’s report Independent Police Conduct Authority Chair, Judge Sir David Carruthers commended the quick action of officers involved in apprehending Mr X.

“These officers were faced with a highly complex situation and were entitled to use a degree of force reasonably necessary to subdue Mr X and prevent him causing harm to himself or Police.

“In the circumstances the use of the Police dog in restraining Mr X was a necessary and proportionate use of force,” Sir David said.

“The fact that Mr X had doused himself in petrol and was in possession of a lighter and a knife, left Police with very few options other than deploying the Police dog.

“The Authority also found that the use of force by the officer complained of by Mr X was reasonably necessary to restrain Mr X, who was not compliant with Police, and to prevent him from harming himself or the officers,” Sir David said.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Patience: Drive Safe

Be patient before passing is the AA's message for drivers this Labour weekend.

"People taking crazy risks to get past other vehicles is one of the most dangerous things on the road,” says AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen.

“The weather is looking good for the long weekend so the roads will be busy. Unfortunately, that also increases the chances of people getting frustrated and trying a risky passing manoeuvre. When they get past, there will probably be more traffic up ahead anyway so it won’t get people there faster.” More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news