SIX Ballina police officers involved in the arrest of Corey Barker could face charges following a recommendation by the Police Integrity Commission.

Aboriginal man Mr Barker was arrested by police in Tamar St, Ballina, on January 14, 2011, and taken to Ballina police station after officers thought he had videoed the arrest of two friends on his mobile phone.

At the police station, a struggle between Mr Barker and a number of police was captured on CCTV.

Operation Barmouth was launched by the PIC a year ago after magistrate David Heilpern dismissed charges including assault, brought by police against Mr Barker.

The PIC investigated claims against the officers involved including assault, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, perjury, and evidence tampering.

The PIC found the officers involved had fabricated evidence, committed perjury, assault and engaged in police misconduct during Mr Barker's arrest and detention.

During its hearings that ended in May, CCTV footage showed Mr Barker being kicked in the head, shoved against a wall and struck by an officer's knee.

After almost four months consideration, yesterday the PIC tabled its report to Parliament, recommending charges be considered against officers Hill, Eckerlsey, Walmsley, Mewing, Woolven and McCubben.

The PIC found the officers involved had fabricated evidence, committed perjury, assault and engaged in police misconduct during Mr Barker's arrest and detention.

The PIC briefs of evidence will be sent to the DPP, who will consider whether to charge the officers.

The PIC investigation followed a hearing before Mr Heilpern, which found Senior Constables David Hill and Ryan Eckersley and Constable Lee Walmsley had engaged in serious misconduct during the arrest and detention of Mr Barker.

Throughout hearings into Mr Barker's arrest, officers Hill, Eckerlsey, Walmsley, Luke Mewing, Mark Woolven and Robert McCubben all gave evidence Mr Barker had punched Snr Const Hill on the nose.

Two other officers who gave evidence were cleared by the commission.

After viewing the CCTV footage, Mr Heilpern and the PIC found this to be false.



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