1493274893720 - Sprayed and bitten man claims police used excessive force during arrest in Porirua

Sprayed and bitten man claims police used excessive force during arrest in Porirua

A man arrested in Porirua is alleging police used excessive force by pepper-spraying him and setting a dog on him in an early-morning incident at a petrol station.

Albert Edmonds, 27, said in a formal complaint to the Independent Police Conduct Authority that the dog bit and ripped his leg, and he suffered damage to his eye socket.

He told Newshub he ignored a request by police to stay in his girlfriend’s car after a routine traffic stop.

Instead he got out to buy cigarettes at the service station in Kenepuru Drive shortly before 1am on April 16. 

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His friends captured the incident on video, which shows Edmonds reacting to being pepper-sprayed by a dog handler, before wrestling with reinforcements and a police dog. 

Women can be heard yelling “police brutality” and “What is wrong with you?”

Inspector Tracey Thompson, Kapiti-Mana area commander, said: “We can confirm that a range of tactical options were deployed.

“While we have not been able to review the video mentioned, it is important to note that, as is often the case with brief video clips of this nature, it does not necessarily provide a full picture of what occurred prior to the event being filmed.

“As this matter is now before the courts, police are unable to comment further.”  

Edmonds has been charged with resisting police, obstructing police, and two counts of assaulting police. He is due to appear again in Porirua District Court next month. 

 

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