Manslaughter charges laid against three officers
Police have filed charges of manslaughter against three officers over the death of a man in custody.
A 55-year-old man died while in custody at the Hāwera Police Station in the early hours of June 1, 2019.
The charges filed today in New Plymouth District Court allege that the officers were grossly negligent in their duty of care to the victim and that this negligence was a causal factor in his death.
In a statement, police say the decision to file charges was made after a thorough investigation and consideration of legal advice from the New Plymouth Crown Solicitor and a Queen's Counsel.
The officers have been stood down from their duties and an employment process will follow in due course, the statement said.
All three officers have been granted interim name suppression and remanded on bail to appear again on June 26 at the New Plymouth High Court.