Don’t worry, the not-independent Police investigating Police Authority is investigating!
Conduct Authority investigating Whakatane police cell incident
The Independent Police Conduct Authority is still investigating police conduct in an incident which resulted in four policemen facing trial for assaulting a prisoner. Sergeant Keith Parsons, Sergeant Earle Busby, Senior Constable Bruce Laing and Constable John Mills were found not guilty by a jury in Tauranga District Court yesterday of nine charges of assaulting Rawiri Falwasser with batons and pepper spray in a cell at Whakatane Police Station on Labour Day, 2006. Authority chairwoman Justice Lowell Goddard said the authority was notified by police of a complaint by Mr Falwasser's family in late October 2006. It began an independent investigation at that time, which included interviews with Mr Falwasser and members of his family. The authority also monitored the police criminal inquiry into the incident. Authority investigators were provided with all relevant information including copies of closed circuit television footage. Justice Goddard said the investigation was put on hold when charges were laid, but would resume now the trial had concluded.
I’m not going to hold my breath that the not-independent Police investigating Police Authority will find anything untoward and that these good fine Police were just ‘DOIN THEIR DUTY” with this cell block bashing on a mentally ill man with pepper spray usage bordering on torture. Why can’t we the public who pay for the police see what ‘DOIN THEIR DUTY” looks like? If their force was reasonable, why can’t we see it? Why can’t we see the Police spraying a mentally ill man with Pepper Spray 32 times while battening him? I’d love to see what our boys in blue consider acceptable, they certainly got a more interesting work story didn’t they?