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Police action under spotlight after stolen car stopped

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The police are reviewing the behaviour of officers following the apprehension of three youths stopped in dramatic fashion in a stolen car on Murphy’s Road, Flat Bush on Monday afternoon.

A TikTok video posted by @buy_a_skytower taken from what appears to be a first-floor window shows a small hatchback vehicle brought to a stop sandwiched between two police patrol cars. The stolen car is initially swarmed by six police officers on both sides of the vehicle.


An officer in the leading car is the first to get to the front passenger door which is opened by the passenger. The video captures a voice: “Get the f*** out now…get out.”

The passenger is put on the ground and the officer appears to deliver several blows.

Police responded to a Times query this morning saying they became aware of a stolen vehicle travelling through Manukau City at around 4.18pm on Monday.

The Police Air Support Unit, Eagle, located the car and maintained observations as a police unit signalled for the vehicle to stop.

The driver failed to stop and drove off.

“No pursuit was initiated, and Eagle continued to maintain observations as the vehicle has continued towards Flat Bush,” Counties Manukau District Commander Superintendent Jill Rogers said in a media statement.

“The vehicle was successfully spiked on Murphy’s Road however it has continued to travel around the area at a low speed, until patrol units have brought it to a stop on Murphy’s Road.”

The TikTok video shows nine police cars at the scene including two dog units.

She confirmed three youths were subsequently taken into custody and were referred to Youth Aid.

There were no reports of injuries.

“Police acknowledge the videos circulating on social media and we are now reviewing the actions of our people,” Superintendent Rogers said.

“The incident will also be referred to the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA).

“Given this, we are limited in further comment at this time.”

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