The moment an undercover New Zealand police officer was arrested posing as a roadside window cleaner was caught on camera, leading police to admit the stunt was “not appropriate”.
The video, broadcast to New Zealand radio station Today FM, shows two men in a car pulling up at a junction in Manurewa, South Auckland.
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One of the men starts filming a window washer on the side of the road and says he recognizes him as a police officer who gave him a ticket earlier.
“That’s the cop over there, he’s the cop that gave me the ticket,” he says while pointing at the man, who is wearing a gray hoodie and has a bandana covering his face.
“That’s a bad man.”
Another man is heard in the car saying, “Oi, he’s pretending to be a window cleaner.”
One of the men gets out of the car and confronts the man, who he believes is an undercover cop.
“Okay guys, so there’s a police force hiding here pretending to be window cleaners,” he says to the camera.
“What they’re doing is they’re standing here and they’re putting on hoodies with a window cleaner thing, and they’re looking and trying to get people in Manurewa tickets for fines, maybe phones, seat belts.”
While being filmed, the undercover cop actively ignores the allegations and attempts to walk away. Shortly thereafter, a group of uniformed police officers approached the filming man and asked him to keep walking, otherwise he could be arrested for obstruction.
Uniformed police confirm that the plainclothes man posing as a window cleaner is actually an undercover cop.
“Do you want to continue or you will be arrested for obstruction,” a police officer asks him.
“You’re interfering with what he’s doing,” says another police officer.
He remains on site filming the undercover cop who is seen getting back to work on the side of the intersection.
Speaking on Today FM on Wednesday, a man named Aneil, who was driving the car at the time, explained that he had never seen a police stunt like this before.
“I was up at that point with my mate from Wellington and we were just sitting there at the intersection and I noticed the window cleaner and on further inspection we noticed the police were standing there and then my mate clicked.” he said.
“My friend jumped out to film them…I went around the corner and parked up there, watching them from the outside.
“I just think for people who are in their cars, even if they’re not on the phone, it’s really intimidating to have a guy sneaking around in their windows.”
Inspector Tony Wakelin, chief of Manukau County Road Police, confirmed in a statement to Today FM that police were conducting an operation at the intersection, looking for motorists who ran red lights or used their phones while driving.
“Deploying a plainclothes officer to monitor these crimes is a common operational tactic to prevent death and serious injury on our roads,” he said in a statement.
However, he admitted that an officer disguising himself and pretending to be a window cleaner was “not appropriate”.
“We will communicate with our staff that this should not happen again in the future,” he said.
“There are lessons here for our staff on the appropriate way to conduct these operations going forward and I will ensure these discussions are held.”
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