The BFD today has the back story. It says that following the attention this incident got on social media, Stuff published the police version of the incident, but didn’t bother to investigate further which the BFD has.
“No media have spoken to or even tried to speak to this man other than The BFD. That speaks volumes and proves without a shadow of a doubt that the mainstream media are no longer independent. They are in fact state-controlled media working hand in glove with the very strong arm of the Police.”
Addendum: views of ex an-police officer of the incident are here. It seems that this particular man did not observe proper procedure.