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Assault of rangatahi during arrest

19 June 2023

The Authority oversaw a Police investigation into a complaint from an Oranga Tamariki worker about two officers who allegedly struck a young person when they were arrested. The rangatahi sustained a fracture which was thought to be caused by the assault.

The Police investigation found there was insufficient evidence to say the officers struck the rangatahi, instead using minimal force to effect the arrest. Police consider the rangatahi’s injury was initially caused at a separate, recent incident and likely unintentionally exacerbated by the officers during the arrest.

The Authority is satisfied with how Police conducted their investigation.

IPCA: 22-16117

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