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Fight night checkpoint ruse for illegal snooping

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The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found police acted illegally when they took photographs of a woman detained at a roadside checkpoint.

The checkpoint was set up on November 2019 in Ruakākā down the road from a fight night event which was attended by some gang members.

The woman, who was not affiliated with any gang, alleged the checkpoint racially targeted the predominantly Māori attendees.

The authority, Judge Colin Doherty, says while the initial stop was lawful, the woman was arbitrarily and unlawfully detained at the point police required her to pull over to the side of the road for intelligence gathering purposes.

However, he also found no evidence of overt racism in the planning or carrying out of the operation.

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