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Reports on independent investigations 2020

Read summaries and reports of our investigations here.

30 June 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police did not comply with policy and failed in their duty of care to a detainee who attempted suicide while in a Court cell. He lost consciousness and died several days later when his life support was turned off.

30 April 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a sergeant inappropriately touched a woman and used demeaning and sexualised language while driving her home from a work related conference in March 2018.


28 April 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer's use of force was unjustified and unreasonable when he kicked a man and aimed a pistol at his head following a pursuit in April 2018.

Public Report (466 KB) Media Statement

23 April 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that force used by a Police officer during the arrest of a 13-year-old boy was justified (though the officer could have taken more care to avoid injuries the boy sustained) until the point that the officer punched the boy in the ribs during handcuffing.


21 April 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that, in general, Police conducted a fair and thorough investigation into a complaint against Detective Inspector Kevin Burke (DI Burke). While there were some practical failings, these did not compromise the integrity of the investigation.

Public Report (PDF 602 KB) Media Statement


7 April 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police used excessive force when arresting a fleeing driver. This was largely due to a lack of communication and planning during the preceding pursuit.


2 April 2020

An Independent Police Conduct Authority investigation found that a Police officer used repeated and gratuitous violence as retribution against a man following his arrest in Auckland in 2018.

Public Report (437 KB) Media Statement

24 March 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer was unjustified in using pepper spray on a man who he believed had failed to stop driving when signalled to do so.

Public Report (PDF 600 KB) Media Statement

19 March 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that there is insufficient evidence to support an allegation that a Police officer punched a woman in the face after her arrest on 14 April 2019. However, facial injuries the woman sustained were likely caused when the officer restrained her in the back of a Police car after she assaulted him by kicking him in the face.

Public Report (PDF 365 KB) Media Statement

17 March 2020

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police officer used appropriate force when arresting a man at Wairoa Police Station on 21 January 2019 and taking him into custody, until the point that the officer used his leg to flip the man onto the concrete floor in a cell.

Public Report (PDF 443 KB) Media Statement

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