An Auckland police officer assaulted a teenage boy by cutting his hair without his permission.
Police have acknowledged it was culturally disrespectful and completely inappropriate. The man remains a sworn police officer.
Sometime in 2018 - not specified by either police nor the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA), police stopped the boy after a pursuit involving a fleeing driver.
The unnamed male officer cut the 14-year-old's hair. Neither the police nor IPCA specified how much was cut off.
Police charged the officer with assault.
He pleaded guilty and was discharged without conviction after an appeal, indicating a judge earlier came to a different decision.
The IPCA said the officer and NZ Police had apologised to the boy, and acknowledged the assault was culturally disrespectful.
Auckland City District Commander Superintendent Karyn Malthus said: "Police acknowledge that the conduct of this officer on this occasion was completely inappropriate and unprofessional, and his actions were not in line with the values of NZ Police".