17 May 2016

Police settle with teenager over injury

3:19 pm on 17 May 2016

An Auckland teenager has reached a confidential settlement with the police after an officer used excessive force on her in trying to break up an out-of-control party.

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Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

Ella Eketone, then 15, lost two front teeth and suffered other injuries when she was knocked to the ground at a party at a Howick house in 2013.

The Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) last year ruled that officers used unjustified and excessive force when breaking up the party.

The IPCA also found Ms Eketone did not pose a risk to the officers, and recommended that police improve their training and monitor social media for upcoming parties in the future.

Ms Eketone's lawyer, John Munro, said her family was happy with the settlement and would not be pursuing further legal action against the police

However Ms Eketone's mother, Nikki Healey, said she did not know how much the dental work her daughter still needed would cost.

Ms Eketone did not wish to comment, but in an interview with RNZ News late last year she said she did not like to dwell on what had happened.

She said the ordeal had opened her eyes to the very real issue of police brutality.

Police have confirmed the matter has been resolved, and the terms are confidential.

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