No action yet for officer who pushed Auckland teen off bike video

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Matthew Heather and his mother Rangi said in August that they were upset over the way the police treated him.

Police are yet to decide the fate of an officer who aggressively pushed an Auckland teen off his bike, despite more than six weeks passing since the incident. 

The teen, Matthew Heather, 13, did not suffer any injuries but was shown being pushed off his bike and onto the ground before being pulled up against a fence by the officer.

The footage of the incident in Mangere Bridge was caught by a member of the group Matthew was with and published on Facebook on August 27, gaining thousands of views and hundreds of comments.

An Image taken from Cee La Tonga Taumoefolau's Facebook video showing a police officer pushing Matthew Heather, 13, from ...
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An Image taken from Cee La Tonga Taumoefolau's Facebook video showing a police officer pushing Matthew Heather, 13, from his bike with force.

Police said initially they were investigating as to whether the incident would be treated as a criminal or employment matter.

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The matter had also been referred to the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA).

Rangi and her 13-year-old son Matthew pictured near their home in Otara, Rangi originally called for an apology from ...
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Rangi and her 13-year-old son Matthew pictured near their home in Otara, Rangi originally called for an apology from police and wanted to know why such force was used on her son.

An IPCA spokesman said the Authority was not independently investigating the incident but overseeing the police investigation.

They were unable to give a timeframe for completion of the investigation.

Matthew alleged an officer swore at him, telling him to "f-off the road and f-off home" after police broke up a siren battle the group were involved in.

The battles see neighbourhood gangs strap speakers or 'sirens' to their push bikes and compete with other gangs to see who can make the most noise.

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"I kind of swore to myself, for them not to hear, I whispered for them to leave me alone, and then all of a sudden I saw him get out of the car, and that's when it happened," Matthew told Stuff.

Matthew's mother Rangi said at the time her son gets "lippy" from time to time, but is a good kid in general and believed the action was out of proportion.

"I'm just trying to understand why did he react like that? I just want to get to the bottom of why he was a bit more aggressive than what he should have been," she said.

 - Stuff

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