Woman sues police for removing body piercing with bolt cutters
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 10:16 PM on 2nd February 2011
The woman alleges the policewoman removed her piercings after she was taken into custody in Christchurch, New Zealand, for obstruction in mid-2008. The Press newspaper reported. The woman was acquitted the following year.
Anyone held in custody in Christchurch could have any body piercing removed
'Brutal': Following the incident in Christchurch, New Zealand, Jeremy Spivey (above left) said he believed police were removing piercings because they are bloody bastards.
The unnamed complainant, believed to be in her 30s, is suing the officer for abusing her position, unlawful sexual connection, trespass to the person and breaching the Bill of Rights.
Her lawyer Tony Greig said his client was not concerned about money, and only wanted acknowledgement that the action was unacceptable.
'She just doesn't want the same thing to happen to other people,' he said.
Christchurch police would not comment while the case, to be heard in May, was before the courts.
Piercing professional Jeremy Spivey said he believed police were adopting the practice because they are sadistic.
He said he had replaced piercings for a number of people who had them forcibly removed, and accused the police of being 'quite brutal' about cutting off his own ear-piercing after he was arrested for drunk and disorderly behaviour last year.