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Media releases 2018

16 August 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police officer had legal justification to fire his rifle at a man during an incident in Nelson on 7 July 2017.

2 August 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police were justified in pursuing a stolen car in Otara on 9 October 2017. The pursuit ended when the fleeing car crashed into a tree. The driver, Morocco Tai (aged 15), died at the scene and two passengers (both aged 16) were seriously injured and required extensive stays in hospital.

24 July 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that two Police officers acted appropriately when firing at Quinn Patterson at a property near Whangārei on 26 July 2017. Mr Patterson had earlier shot three civilians, and was firing at Police.

19 July 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the tactical decision-making and control and command exercised by Police in response to shots fired near Kawerau on 9 March 2016 was highly flawed and placed Police officers at risk. The Authority also found that Police were justified in shooting at Rhys Warren in the circumstances.

17 July 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police officer’s use of pepper spray in a Police cell was unjustified and unlawful.

12 July 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a person detained by Police for a mental health assessment should have been constantly monitored while in Police custody until he was able to be assessed by a mental health professional.

3 July 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police used excessive force following an arrest in Ashburton on Friday 21 July 2017.

24 May 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police officer was not justified in his use of a Taser when arresting a member of the public on 4 March 2017.

15 March 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police were not justified in stopping vehicles at a vehicle checkpoint to identify individuals who had attended an “Exit International” meeting in Lower Hutt on 2 October 2016.


15 February 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police officer’s action in firing once at Christopher Brown in Porirua on 26 February 2017 was lawful and proportionate in the circumstances. 

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