A man has died in police custody after being arrested and
taken to a police station to sober up.
The 20-year-old man was arrested for breach of peace about
1am on Sunday morning, Counties Manukau District Commander
Superintendent John Tims said.
Police had been called to an address in Manurewa by a member
of the public, where they found family members trying to
restrain an intoxicated man who was violent and aggressive.
Mr Tims said the man was arrested and taken to Manukau Police
Station for detoxification.
The man continued to behave in a violent and aggressive
manner while in custody. He was placed in a monitored cell
and a police doctor assessed his condition.
After 5am he was checked again and found to be suffering from
laboured breathing. He was placed in the recovery position
and police staff performed CPR until ambulance staff arrived.
Paramedics continued CPR for more than 40 minutes.
He was pronounced dead at 6.10am.
"This is a sad and difficult time for all involved," Mr Tims
said. "Our staff make every effort to assure the safety of
intoxicated people while in custody. We extend our deepest
sympathies to the family."
A post mortem examination will be held, and a criminal
investigation and policy and procedures investigation are
under way. The incident has also been referred to the IPCA
and the Coroner.
Police said support was being offered to the family of the
deceased, and police staff involved had been referred to