View Full Version : IPCA looking at brutality claims: students

07-07-2012, 02:26 PM
The Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) is (http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/14157693/ipca-looking-at-brutality-claims-students/)investigating allegations of police rough-house tactics during anti-budget protests in May, says the group that made the complaint.The Blockade the Budget group says it laid the complaint after hearing of a number of instances of "police brutality and general outrage" during the post-budget protest in Auckland.

Forty-three students were arrested when about 200 of them took to the streets protesting against changes to student loans and allowances in the May 24 budget.
They used rubbish bins, overturned skip bins, wooden pallets and cones to block off an intersection.

Blockade the Budget says police dragged students by the neck and throat, punched and trampled them and held students against the ground when they weren't resisting.
They also said one police officer was not wearing a badge.

A spokeswoman for IPCA confirmed it was looking at the complaint.She said the investigation was at an early stage and there was no timeframe for its completion.