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Two weeks in prison for spitting on police

The incident happened during a routine traffic stop on April 14. Photo: Daniel Hines/SunLive.

A 42-year-old man has today been sentenced to 14 days in prison after spitting at a Rotorua Police Officer.

The incident occurred during a routine traffic stop on Fenton Street in Rotorua on Tuesday, April 14.

The man refused to comply with the officer’s instructions and spat at him, says a police spokesperson.

"He was arrested at the scene and charged with assaulting a Police Officer.

"Police have a range of measures in place to protect staff, however given the frontline nature of Police work, there is always risk.

"Spitting at Police will not be tolerated, especially due the increased risk associated with COVID-19.

"In this case the saliva did not make contact with the officer and he was not required to self-isolate."

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@M.Mouse

Posted on 21-04-2020 12:32 | By morepork

I agree with your assessment. And I also think he should have had a clip round the ear from the officer...or maybe from his father when he was younger.

M.Mouse

Posted on 21-04-2020 07:01 | By M. Mouse

Sentence is way to mild it should have been 6 weeks minimum. Those officers can’t work for 2 weeks waiting for a result in-between the officers had to undergo tests and I wonder if they would have been tested for Hep C. HIV. and Covid19. I think he should get a fine on top to cover medical cost + the wages of the officers and court cost because we are paying for that now with tax payers money.