Get Better Work Stories! You can beat a mentally ill man on tape and get away with it!
You are fucking kidding me! There is no limit to the beating and torture our cops can met out to a mentally ill man all caught on tape! UN-FUCKING-BELIEVABLE, my faith in the system just sunk to a new low!
Jury clears four policemen of assault
Four police officers accused of repeatedly using pepper spray and batons on a prisoner in a cell have been found not guilty on all charges.
Sergeants Keith Parsons and Erle Busby, Senior Constable Bruce Laing and Constable John Mills are accused of assaulting Rawiri Falwasser at the Whakatane police station on Labour Day 2006.
The four faced nine charges between them and all of them face assault with a weapon.
Judge Patrick Treston, at Tauranga District Court, finished summing up the case this morning.
"Effectively there are nine trials going on at the same time," Judge Treston told the jury.
He said the jury would need to consider the evidence in relation to each charge and each defendant separately.
Judge Treston outlined the defence of self defence and defence of another person. He said the jury had to take into account what they believed the defendants were thinking at the time and whether they were in fact acting in self defence or defence of another.
Judge Treston said if they believed that was the case then they would then have to decide if it was a reasonable use of force.
He said there had to be a balance between the threat and the force used.
"I say that because you can't use a sledge hammer to crack a nut," Judge Treston said.