New Zealand police officer punished for cutting teen's rat's tail off

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A police officer in New Zealand has been disciplined for being "culturally disrespectful" by cutting off a teenager's rat's tail.

Constable Michael Hammond had his conviction thrown out last year, despite pleading guilty to common assault after the incident in Auckland in August 2018.

Constable Hammond pulled the boy's hair back and sliced off the 1980s-style appendage with a seatbelt cutter after a car chase.

New Zealand Police have apologised to the teen for his rat's tail being cut off. (Andy Jackson / Stuff)

The Independent Police Conduct Authority , which oversaw the police investigation into the incident, said it agreed with the outcome that saw the officer receive an employment sanction.

It also noted that Constable Hammond and the NZ Police had apologised to the boy.

"Police expressed remorse…
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