1News: Police officer who threw man in custody against wall found to have used ‘unnecessary and excessive’ force

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A police officer who flung a man in custody against a wall, causing him to hit his head and knock him unconscious, has been found by the Independent Police Conduct Authority to have used excessive force.

The incident occurred when an officer, named only as Custody Officer D, attempted to restrain an intoxicated man at the Counties Manukau District Custody Unit in April 2017.

The officer involved has been subject to an employment investigation, but remains a member of New Zealand police, police said.

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