Operation Eight - Independent Police Conduct Authority report released

According to the Independent Police Conduct Authority Chair Judge Sir David Carruthers

-Road blocks established in Ruātoki and Taneatua were unlawful, unjustified and unreasonable

-While Police were warranted in taking steps to address possible risk to public safety there was no justification for believing there was a general threat to the people of Ruātoki

-Police had no legal basis for stopping and searching vehicles or photographing drivers or passengers

-The road block at Ruatoki and the presence of armed Police officers was intimidating and there was no assessment of the likely impact of this activity on the local community

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