A report released today by the Independent Police Conduct Authority concluded that the actions of four police officers who used force against Rawiri Falwasser at Whakatane Police station were unnecessary, unreasonable, and unjustified.
Meanwhile, the really appalling thing about this case is that most of the officers have got off scot free. All were acquitted at trial in 2008 (apparently wearing a police uniform allows you to beat and torture with impunity), and while one has since resigned, the other two were either transferred or demoted. That's just not good enough. There should be no place in the New Zealand Police for thugs who beat prisoners. Their continued presence in the police force is yet another reason why we cannot trust or respect it.