'Twerking' police officer resigns after alleged assault in Hamilton

The off-duty officer provided some resistance to his arrest.
The off-duty officer provided some resistance to his arrest. Photo credit: File

A drunk, 'twerking' police officer who was kicked out of a Hamilton bar after an altercation has resigned, despite no charges being laid. 

Police in Waikato were forced to investigate one of their own after he got into an altercation with bouncers on a night out in July 2023. 

The Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) oversaw the investigation

The off-duty officer was intoxicated and socialising with friends, when he started 'twerking' next to two male patrons. Words were exchanged before the officer was pushed backwards. Bouncers intervened and the officer was ejected from the bar.

The officer then went to another bar, operated by the same company. While he was sitting at a table with friends, he was approached by the same bouncers who had dealt with him earlier. 

According to the IPCA, the bouncers grabbed hold of the officer and forcefully removed him from the bar. 

While on the footpath outside, the officer grappled with one of the bouncers before he was taken to the ground. 

Police arrested the off-duty officer at the scene. 

After a review of CCTV and witness interviews, it was deemed that the off-duty officer hadn't assaulted bar security staff - although he did provide some resistance to his arrest. 

The IPCA is satisfied with the investigation and its outcome. 

The officer has since resigned from Police.