Complaint laid against police
A Mt Roskill man has laid a formal complaint against police after being arrested in his home earlier this month.
Shaneel Sharan says he was watching a DVD and drinking with family when four police officers knocked on the door at 4.30am.
The officers told him they had been tipped off that he was assaulting his wife.
Mr Sharan says his wife Janice Vir woke up and came out to see what was going on.
An officer told her there had been a domestic violence complaint.
Mrs Vir told police nothing had happened, but another officer told Mr Sharan he was being arrested for assaulting him.
Mr Sharan, his brother-in-law and his wife’s cousin were arrested and held overnight.
The two men were charged with resisting arrest.
Police communications manager Noreen Hegarty says police were called to attend a family violence incident.
“The victim in this matter had gone into the address accompanied by those who were reportedly assaulting her.
“By the time police arrived and there were concerns for her safety.
“This was based on the witness reports from the scene.”
Police were not given access to the property to determine the well- being of the victim so made a forced entry and arrests followed, she says.
“Because there has been a complaint about police activities to the Independent Police Conduct Authority, there is nothing more we can say at this stage.”
Mr Sharan pleaded not guilty to assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest in the Auckland District Court on Monday and is due to appear in court again on June 30.