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Analysis of material encountered by police at parliament grounds protest

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From: Mark Shelly

Dear New Zealand Police,

In March 2022 protesters gathered at Parliament. During the protest media reported that the police claimed that they had faeces thrown at them and were sprayed in the face by battery acid. The media later reported that the police were having samples of material analysed to find out what the material in each instance actually was.

Can you please provide the following information:
1. Copies of reports made by officers alleging that faeces had been thrown at them.
2. Copies of agendas and meetings conducted by the police regarding the alleged throwing of faeces at officers.
3. Copies of any requests made by police to have material analysed to assess if it was faeces.
4. Copies of any analysis provided to the police in response to this request.
5. Copies of reports made by officers alleging that they had been sprayed in the face by protestors had been thrown at them.
6. Copies of agendas and meetings conducted by the police regarding the alleged spraying of acid at officers.
7. Copies of any requests made by police to have material analysed to assess if it was battery acid.
8. Copies of any analysis provided to the police in response to this request.
9. Copies of any reports or material pertaining to any investigations regarding:
i) The throwing of faeces during the protest.
ii) The spraying of toxins or noxious fluids at officers during the protest.
iii) Any officers having suffered from exposure to pepper spray during the protest.

Yours faithfully,
Mark Shelly

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From: Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police

Tēnā koe Mark

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act (OIA) request below, received by NZ Police on 11 May 2022.

Your request is being actioned pursuant to the Act.

You can expect a response to your request on or before 9 June 2022.

Ngā mihi
Fiona
Ministerial Services
Police National Headquarters

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