August 27, 2020
Police faiing outlined in custody death
The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found Police failed to fulfill their duty of care to Auckland man Alo Ngata when he was in the police cells in 2018.
Mr Ngata lost consciousness after being restrained by five officers and died at Auckland Hospital two days later.
Mr Ngata was arrested after he violently assaulted a stranger in a central Auckland residential street.
He was restrained with handcuffs, leg restraints and a spit hood which was applied incorrectly so that it covered his entire face.
Authority chair Colin Doherty says there were multiple failure by custody staff.
The police have acknowledged the authority’s findings, but say they disagree with its finding he was not resisting when he was put in the cell.
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