Road Checkpoint Incident

C Fuller made this Official Information request to New Zealand Police

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From: C Fuller

Dear New Zealand Police,

The following video has been brought to my attention: https://youtu.be/QvJxuNoSKVQ

This video appears to have been taken at a a road checkpoint. The driver and creator of this video claims to be John Alan Williams, with the officer involved being Sergeant David Mead. During this video, the driver fails to obey the instructions of the officers at the checkpoint and has his window broken in the process.

In the comments of the video, the creator of the video goes on to state that they have been charged in relation to the incident. There is also suggestion of a civil case.

I therefore request the following information:
1. Please provide all information held in relation to this occurrence.
2. Provide the CRN number for any charges that relate to the occurrence.

While individuals that have interactions with Police do have a right to privacy, I would submit that in this case, any right to privacy is outweighed by the public interest. The individual involved has posted the interaction onto the internet of his own volition, for the world to see. The individual has also disclosed that they are subject of criminal proceedings in the comments below the video and has posted copies of correspondence between himself and Police regarding the matter. Given that this information has already been published by the individual, I would submit that they have a reduced expectation of privacy. Further, if this matter has been heard in an open courtroom, this information has already been heard in a public forum, further reducing any expectation of privacy from the individual.
Furthermore, as the individual has suggested that the Police involved acted unlawfully, this increases the public interest in the information being released.
Should this matter still be before the courts, I still wish for the CRN number of any charges to be disclosed, given that this would not in any way prejudice these proceedings.

For the purposes of the Official Information Act 1982, I confirm that I am a citizen of New Zealand and therefore eligible to make this request.

Yours faithfully,

C Fuller

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From: C Fuller

Dear New Zealand Police,

Could you please acknowledge the receipt of this request.

Yours faithfully,

C Fuller

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