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26/6/08 - The Independent Police Conduct Authority is continuing its investigation
into police conduct concerning Rawiri Falwasser in Whakatane police
cells on Labour Day 2006, the Authority confirmed today.
Authority Chair Justice Lowell Goddard said the Authority was notified
by the Police of a complaint by Mr Falwasser's family in late October
The Authority began an independent investigation at that time, which
included interviews with Mr Falwasser and members of his family.
The Authority also monitored the police criminal inquiry into the
incident. Authority investigators were provided with all relevant
information including copies of closed circuit television footage.
Justice Goddard said the investigation was put on hold when charges were
laid, but would resume now that the trial had concluded.
She said the Authority's investigation would review the evidence put
before the trial, and carry out any other inquiries to determine whether
there was any evidence of serious misconduct, neglect of duty, or breach
of police policies and procedures in the case.