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Police union says officers in botched Fitzroy raid ‘vindicated’ by IBAC finding

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The police union wants an end to the “blood sport” of attacking its members without knowing the facts after the corruption watchdog cleared the actions of police during a botched raid on the home of an innocent man.

Nik Dimopolous was left with a severely broken arm after police arrested him above a Fitzroy bookstore.

IBAC has now cleared the actions of the police, finding the officers had “reasonable grounds” to enter the building and make the arrest.

But it also found the man’s human rights were violated for failing to tell him why he was being arrested.

Police Association secretary Wayne Gatt says his members were wrongly judged by many in the community.

“They (IBAC) today handed down a finding that vindicates those officers’ actions,” he told Tom Elliott.

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