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Boy 'thrown off bike' in Auckland arrest

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/08/2016

A police officer copping criticism online is being investigated after a video was released purportedly showing a boy being thrown off his bike during an incident in south Auckland.

Video of the arrest in Mangere reportedly followed a music and siren "battle" between the group of boys and their friends, who were headed home on foot and on bikes at around 5pm on Saturday.

The footage shows a police car with its lights flashing pull up alongside the group and officers get out of the car.

One officer is shown walking up behind one of the boys and pulling him off his bike by his backpack.

The boy falls to the ground, is picked up and held against a fence before being led to the police car while his friends pick up his bike and continue walking.

"Boys lets go, lets go before he comes and arrests us," one of the boys in the group can be heard saying.

The video, posted by Cee La Tonga Taumoefolau has been viewed more than 34,000 times since it was uploaded on Sunday morning, and shared almost 600 times on Facebook.

The officer has attracted criticism online for being a "bad role model".

"Looks like a very conscious bias and excessive force to me," Auckland University of Technology senior criminology lecturer John Buttle wrote.

But police have not responded to the criticism other than to say that they have concerns and the matter is being investigated.

"There were reports of excessive noise, alleged fighting, and of cyclists weaving in and out of traffic which caused fear for their safety," Counties Manukau west area commander Inspector Jason Hewett said of the group of boys.

"Police have concerns around what can be seen in the video posted on Facebook and accordingly have begun a full investigation into the incident."

Inspector Hewett would not comment further until the investigation is complete.

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