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No charges yet after cops allegedly assault a man in August in Nausori

No charges yet after cops allegedly assault a man in August in Nausori

By Semi Turaga
Tuesday 17/11/2020

The Criminal Investigations Department is compiling findings of the investigation into the alleged assault of a man by police officers during a confrontation in Nausori Town on 8th August this year.

Spokesperson Ana Naisoro says the investigation file will be submitted to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions soon.

The man alleges that he was punched more than once on the face by officers in civilian clothing.

He says on the day of the incident, a police officer in a motorcycle sped into Ross Street and almost hit a car in the opposite direction.

The man says he went and told the officers that he needed to slow down as he was in a busy, narrow street with cars queued.

He claims that after that he was summoned by two police officers in civilian clothing who wanted to discuss the matter at the Nausori Police Station.

The man claims as he continued talking to officers someone came out of nowhere and punched him.

He says the next thing he knew he was bleeding from his nose and mouth and lying inside a police vehicle where he allegedly received another punch.

The man reported the matter at the Nausori Police Station.

On 10th August 2020, Acting Police Commissioner Rusiate Tudravu directed the Director of Internal Affairs to send a team from the Police Headquarters to conduct the investigations.

Tudravu said at the time that if the allegations are proven to be true, those responsible will be charged and produced in court of law.

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