Friday, 22 May 2015 - 4:35pm |
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Police disappointed by protesters at Sky City

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Police are disappointed with the behaviour of protesters at Sky City today who continually tried to force their way into the building.

Police faced sustained and sometimes aggressive attempts to enter the building through various entrances, which led to a number of assaults on police and Sky City security staff.

One person was arrested and police are continuing to review video footage of the protest.

A number of police staff suffered minor injuries, including scratches to the face and arms. A member of the public was also assaulted as they tried to enter the building.

“This was a very challenging event to police and I am disappointed with the behaviour of these protestors.” says Inspector Peter Gibson.

“Auckland City Police is well versed in policing such events, however the behaviour of this crowd went well beyond what is acceptable.”

“We we work hard to ensure the lawful right of protest is upheld, however what we faced today was an aggressive crowd which had little regard for lawful behaviour, our staff and the public who were also there.

“I am aware of certain video and commentary on social media today about the actions of police.  Video which shows the full context of what police were facing paints a somewhat different picture from the selective extracts which some are choosing to show.”

Police will continue to review video footage of the protest with a view to deciding what further inquiries may be required.


Issued by:

Grant Ogilvie: 021 191 0005