The Herald reports:
Police have apologised for pepper-spraying a schoolgirl in the face while trying to arrest her father. …
Bay of Plenty district commander superintendent Andy McGregor said the girl was “accidently contaminated with pepper spray” just after 5.30pm – and blamed her father Jack “Blu” Kira, who he said violently resisted arrest.
“We’re sorry for the obvious distress and pain this would have caused the girl during the incident and are pleased she is okay,” he said.
“However, had it not been for the actions of the man involved, officers would not have had to use pepper spray.”
The spraying happened during a routine traffic stop. Police said Kira refused to give his details and tried to drive off.
The officer attempted to remove the keys but his arm was trapped when the man allegedly wound up the window.
“As the officer pulled his arm free, the window broke, causing minor cuts. Unfortunately during the arrest, a girl who was in the car with the man was accidentally contaminated by some of the spray.
“It is also sad that she is an innocent victim who has had to witness this incident, which could have been completely avoided.”
A police spokesman said the man was now facing two charges of aggravated assault, and one charge each of failing to stop, and giving false details.
I’d say the responsibility is 99% the father’s.
I’d give 1% responsibility to the Police as with hindsight it would have been better if they tasered the father, instead of pepper sprayed him, as that doesn’t affect others in the car.