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Media releases 2020

29 September 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police subjected a woman suffering from mental health issues to unnecessary and excessive uses of force during her time in custody in Tauranga on 21 June 2019.

22 September 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority investigated a complaint that a man was punched in the face while handcuffed in Taranaki on 7 December 2019.

17 September 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police, while targeting the owners of a motel business in Warkworth, went beyond the bounds of a legitimate Police intelligence operation. Their actions included two breaches of privacy, an unlawful search, and inappropriate involvement in tenancy and building compliance issues.

8 September 2020


The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a man was punched by a Police officer at least once during a roadside search but cannot determine which officer was responsible.

27 August 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found Police failed to fulfil their duty of care to Alo Ngata when he was in the Police cells in 2018. Mr Ngata lost consciousness after being restrained and searched by five officers. Despite attempts to resuscitate him, he did not regain consciousness and died at Auckland Hospital two days later.

20 August 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police officers were justified in firing shots at a man who fired a shotgun at Police at the conclusion of a pursuit in Christchurch on 26 February 2019.

11 August 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police were justified in tasering a man three times and using pepper spray twice during his arrest in Auckland in October 2018.

4 August 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found an officer used excessive force when arresting a suspect and should have been charged with a criminal offence.

21 July 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer who punched an offender following a pursuit which concluded south of Foxton was justified in doing so.

16 July 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer was unjustified in using a Taser to defend herself against an aggressive detainee, because she could have used less forceful options to protect herself.

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