Thursday, June 30, 2016

The moment a handcuffed man's hearing aid is knocked out by police as they push him to the ground during an arrest

New Zealand Police have come under fire for footage which appears to show them pushing a man to the ground forcing his hearing aid to fall out.

Filmed in New Plymouth on the North Island, the man who uploaded the video said his friend was arrested after opening an alcoholic beverage in a liquor-ban area.

Footage shows the officers handling the man before pushing him to the ground with his face against the concrete.

At the beginning of the video the man appears to be standing in front of a police officer, with his hands cuffed behind him.

He doesn't look to be putting up a fight however the officer can be seen putting his arm around the man's throat in a headlock.

'Hey no need to choke him', the person filming can be heard saying.

'Oi, his hearing aid, bro', the man says later in the footage.

The arrested man is then put into a police car and taken away in handcuffs.

New Zealand Police told Daily Mail Australia they were aware of the footage and are investigating the incident.

'Police were made aware of this video recording and the arrest on Tuesday this week and are currently investigating the incident to establish whether the use of force was appropriate and what the actual events were that lead to the arrest of this person,'they said in a statement.

'Often a short video on social media does not show the extent of what occurred at the time.'

Original report here

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