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No charges over police bike push

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/12/2016

A south Auckland police officer who forcefully pushed a teenager off a bike will not face charges, police say.

A video in August showed the unnamed officer shoving 13-year-old Matthew Heather off his bicycle and then pinned him against a fence in Mangere Bridge.

After the video was uploaded to Facebook, police launched a full investigation.

On Wednesday, police said they had decided not to the charge the officer.

"In-line with what the victim's family wanted, it has been decided the officer will not face any criminal charges,' police professional conduct manager Tracy Phillips said.

The officer will instead meet with the family to offer an apology and an employment investigation will be opened into the matter.

"Police and the victim's family did consider his excellent conduct in his over three years with police when coming to this decision," Inspector Phillips said.

Police say they were attending reports of youths making excessive noise, alleged fighting and cyclists weaving in and out of traffic Savill Drive and Alderman Place at the time.

They said the officers asked the teens to turn off their off their music and to leave the area before the altercation took place.

At the time, Mr Heather told Fairfax he and his friends were competing in a "siren battle", where riders strap speakers to their bikes in a contest to see who can make the most noise.

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