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Request for Police taser camera footage and tactical options report (26 April 2017) (New Zealand)

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Police were justified in withholding taser camera footage, but not the related tactical options report. New opinion from Chief Ombudsman Judge Peter Boshier.

In August 2015, a journalist asked Police for the tactical options report (TOR) of a tasering incident, and also asked to view the related camera footage. Police withheld the TOR on several grounds, including that TORs are confidential and that release could deter officers’ free and frank expression of opinions. Police also withheld the camera footage on the basis of protecting the privacy of the man who was tasered. Chief Ombudsman Judge Peter Boshier has now formed the opinion that Police withholding the footage was justified, but Police should not have refused to release the TOR.

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