RLC has lodged a complaint with the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission following a police interaction with a 14-year-old boy whose family allege he was injured during the arrest, requiring hospital treatment.
Francesca De Nuccio reports
The Indigenous teen and another boy were arrested by officers in the New South Wales town of Coraki, as part of a police investigation into property offences.
Graphic footage posted after the arrest shows the 14-year-old sitting on the ground in handcuffs, suffering from a head wound with his face covered in blood. His family say the injuries were received during the arrest.
After receiving medical treatment, the boy was charged with trespass and suspicion of possessing stolen goods. The other young boy was also charged.
A complaint has been made by Redfern Legal Centre to the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission – the body that investigates police conduct.
Both the National Justice Project and Redfern Legal are pursuing the matter on behalf of the family.
New South Wales Police say they will conduct an internal review into the incident.
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