NZ Police Who Used Faked Badge Numbers at Occupy Protest Avoid Investigation

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March 11, 2013

It was just about a year and a half ago now that the occupy style of activism had spread worldwide. There was even a good bit of occupy activism in New Zealand, most notably in Auckland where police violently evicted protesters and engaged in some extremely shady tactics. 
 
They have told blatant lies through the media, which is nothing new, and they have also been caught using fake badge numbers to avoid accountability for their actions.
 
 
“Police officers who deliberately faked their uniform badge numbers to avoid being identified as they weighed into a violent public protest will keep their jobs and won’t be investigated by the force’s watchdog.  Two of the officers were found guilty of breaching their own code of conduct and a third was said to have a “performance issue” after they were caught using matching identification badges at an Occupy Auckland eviction in January 2012.
 
Despite the pre-meditation involved, the Independent Police Conduct Authority decided the three officers’ behaviour was not serious enough to warrant its attention, saying investigators were too busy dealing with cases involving death and bodily harm.
Rights activists say the disciplinary action is no more than a “slap on the hand” and proves the police regulatory system lacks transparency, accountability and independence.
 
They believe the police officers were acting in a premeditated way to avoid identification if they chose to lash out in what was, at times, a violent clash between police and protesters.  It is police policy for officers to wear visible, individual numbers so they can be identified by the public if complaints are made against them”
 
This is a very old tactic that has been taking place at big protests all over the world for years now.
 
According to another source the local government spent over $300,000 on the eviction and other expenses and then told the media that this was how much had been spent on the “clean up”, which would imply that the people occupying the area were so destructive that expensive repairs were needed. 
 
 
“Auckland Council last year provided ONE News with a cost breakdown of the damage to the area where the protesters occupied.
The damage bill came in at $363,000. The bulk of the bill, $194,000, was on legal costs. Security guards and fencing cost almost $60,000, while the eviction, including hiring a private investigation firm, cost almost $70,000.”
 
Recently protesters in Auckland filed an appeal against the eviction ruling and won, but what good that could do at this point is unsure.