The Independent Police Conduct Authority is continuing its investigation into police conduct concerning Rawiri Falwasser in Whakatane police cells on Labour Day 2006, the Authority confirmed today.
Authority Chair Justice Lowell Goddard said the Authority was notified by the Police of a complaint by Mr Falwasser's family in late October 2006. The Authority began an independent investigation at that time, which included interviews with Mr Falwasser and members of his family. The Authority also monitored the police criminal inquiry into the incident. Authority investigators were provided with all relevant information including copies of closed circuit television footage.
Justice Goddard said the investigation was put on hold when charges were laid, but would resume now that the trial had concluded. She said the Authority's investigation would review the evidence put before the trial, and carry out any other inquiries to determine whether there was any evidence of serious misconduct, neglect of duty, or breach of police policies and procedures in the case.