Leighton Keith at Stuff reports:
Wheel clamper Daniel Clout claims police are making it impossible for him to do his job and he has complained to their watchdog.
His complaint to the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) includes transcripts from extraordinary video footage of clashes with motorists, police and a discussion with area commander Inspector Blair Telford.
Can the IPCA issue letters of commendation to the police officers complained about?
The police stance that his work was unauthorised was publicised late last year and he says he has been subjected to an increasing number of attacks from members of the public since then.
He claims police had been undermining his authority by telling people he was acting unlawfully, didn’t hold the required licence to do the job and that they could cut his clamps off.
Excellent public information campaign.
Other footage, shown by Mr Clout to the Taranaki Daily News, appears to show police were present when a man smashed his clamps with a wheelbrace.
That’s appalling. The man may have injured himself. The Police officers should have helped with the smashing.