Excessive force used to restrain drunk man
Force used by a Bay of Plenty Police officer to restrain a drunk man has been ruled excessive.
The Independent Police Conduct Authority has overseen a police investigation into reports of a police officer in the BOP used force to restrain a man, says an IPCA report released today.
The man was very intoxicated and had a self-inflicted injury.
Police called an ambulance to attend to him.
Details of when and where the incident happened have not been released.
“While waiting for the ambulance, the man became aggressive towards police officers, who felt it necessary to restrain him,” says the IPCA.
Several officers placed him on the ground and restrained him.
One of the officers placed his knee on the back of the man's head while the man was lying on the pavement, says the IPCA.
“The officer applied force by leaning forward onto the man's head, causing some of his teeth to crack.
“The investigation found that the force used was excessive and not justified.
“The man did not want to take the matter any further and police decided not to charge the officer.
“Police dealt with the officer's conduct through an appropriate employment process.”
The Authority agrees with the police findings and outcome.