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Police officer uses derogatory language and assaults member of the public

25 October 2021

The Authority was notified of an incident where a Police officer used derogatory language and pushed a man at a public disturbance incident in Christchurch. It was filmed and distributed on both social media and national television because of the language and actions of the officer.

Police investigated and found that the officer used inappropriate language and by pushing him had assaulted a member of public. Police determined it was not in the public interest to prosecute the officer as the officer accepted full responsibility, the person did not want the officer to be charged and the officer met with the members of public for a restorative justice process.

Police conducted a disciplinary process and found the officer's behaviour was in breach of the Police Code of Conduct. This resulted in an appropriate employment outcome.

The Authority agreed with the Police findings and outcome.

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