10 Apr 2014

Police actions upheld by IPCA

12:17 pm on 10 April 2014

The police have been found to be justified in using force to arrest a man who was threatening to hurt himself or officers.

The Independent Police Conduct Authority says the police complied with the law and police policy when they were called to a domestic incident last May.

The man was dousing himself with petrol and threatening to set himself alight when officers arrived at the property.

He was bitten by a police dog before a struggle with officers left him with a punctured lung and fractured ribs.

Judge Sir David Carruthers said the dog's involvement was a necessary use of force and the officers' use of force to restrain the man was reasonably necessary.

The IPCA has witheld the man's name and details of where he lives.