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Media releases 2020

26 November 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police officers used reasonable force to restrain a man remanded in custody in the Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct Custody Suite. While being restrained, the man lost consciousness.

24 November 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has determined that Police did not handle a 111 call reporting concerns about a two-year-old girl's welfare in accordance with Police policy, Standard Operating Procedures and good practice. Police found the child dead the next day.

3 November 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police had lawful grounds to detain a family during a search in Auckland. However, the length of time the family was held was unreasonable, and the manner of their detention was unlawful.

29 October 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found Police had no legal grounds to enter a house to arrest a man in Masterton on 12 March 2019, and that as a result, the arrest was unlawful.

22 October 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that it was reasonable for an officer to not arrest or detain life parolee Paul Tainui at a checkpoint when he was found to be drink driving and to have knives in his car, on the night before he killed Ms Tuxford.

15 October 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police should not have conducted the pursuit that resulted in the death of Mr Kenneth McCaul in Christchurch on 22 October 2019.

13 October 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that officers were justified in initiating a pursuit, but throughout the pursuit critical information was not communicated between officers and the Communication Centre to enable effective risk assessments. An officer was also justified in using his Police dog to help in the arrest of the man.

8 October 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority investigated an incident in New Brighton where a pedestrian, Mr Dean Amies, was killed by a driver evading a Police patrol. The driver did not stop and was pursued by another patrol vehicle before the pursuit was abandoned. The investigation explored the actions of Police immediately before Mr Amies was killed and whether those actions contributed to his death. The Authority also considered the appropriateness of the subsequent pursuit.

6 October 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the use of a Taser three times in the proximity of a woman and using pepper spray on her by a Police officer was unjustified.


1 October 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police were justified in using force while arresting a 16-year-old girl following a pursuit in Auckland on 3 July 2019.

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