No complaint after police road-rage video

The officer instantly apologised, gave his badge number and first name when the man requests it. Photo / Facebook
The officer instantly apologised, gave his badge number and first name when the man requests it. Photo / Facebook

No formal complaint has been made after a man confronted a police officer for "bad driving" and posted video of the confrontation on line.

The 54-second clip, posted on Facebook on Friday, shows the moments after a man stops a police officer and accuses him of cutting him off.

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The clip has been viewed 230,000 times, has 4001 likes and been shared almost 2200 times.

A Counties Manukau Police spokeswoman said no official complaint had been made.

It is unclear what exactly happened because the video starts after the alleged traffic offence. The man approaches the uniformed police officer and his unmarked car and says: "You know that you're supposed to follow the road rules, right? You can't just pull out on people like that."

The officer instantly apologises, gives his badge number and first name when the man requests it. The man then said he would have been given a ticket if he'd "done that".

The officer replies: "Not necessarily."

The man returns to his car and says he will take further action.

Senior professional conduct manager, Inspector Tracy Phillips, applauded the manner in which the police officer responded. Police welcomed videos of interactions with officers because it helped them assess the encounter "from all sides". Ms Phillips said film could be included in complaints via a link or as an attachment.

- NZ Herald

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