‘Controversy over rubber bullets isn’t new – I watched an RUC officer fire one point blank at Sean Downes’


PSNI/RUC blasts out ‘That’s the sound of da police’ to young people in North Belfast

The single Sound of da Police was released by rapper KRS-One in 1993
THE PSNI/RUC has been accused of antagonising young people in north Belfast after blasting out “That’s the sound of da police” from a Land Roverbut a senior officer insisted it was all in “good humour”.

A video appears to show the rap song being played through the vehicle’s public address system in the New Lodge area on Thursday evening.

Solicitor Michael Brentnall said he has referred the matter to the Police Ombudsman.

The incident took place days after local youths agreed to not to hold an anti-internment anniversary bonfire in the area.

In previous years the pyre, which is opposed by many residents, was blamed for anti-social behaviour and brought young people into conflict with police.

RNU peaceful protester is dragged away by the British PSNI/RUC yards from where US President Obama is speaking.
Footage of the Land Rover blasting out the chorus of the KRS-One track Sound of da Police has been shared widely.

The song, which includes the lyrics “Woop woop! That’s the sound of da police”, deals with themes of police brutality and attitudes to black people.

Police in Essex have previously accepted it was “inappropriate” to use a patrol car’s loudspeaker system to play it while driving through Chelmsford.

Another video in circulation also appears to show police using a Land Rover PA system before items are thrown at it.

“Last week the community united to prevent a repeat of last year’s disorder,” he said.

“Ever since the PSNI have been trying to provoke chaos by targeting children and antagonising residents.”

The community worker said he is concerned that children may react and ultimately end up in the criminal justice system.

“This behaviour threatens the welfare of community and the community does not seem to have anybody prepared to stand up and call it out.”

However, Chief Inspector Kelly Moore said the song was played by police “in good humour” and claimed young people cheered it.

“In relation to the first four-second video clip, local police officers on duty in north Belfast on Thursday evening had a very positive engagement with a group of young people,” she said.

“Having spent some time speaking with the young people, as police left the area, the song was played for a matter of seconds in good humour, with the young people waving, dancing and cheering.

“Any attempt by others to claim this was an attempt to antagonise does both the young people and the community a disservice.”

She added: “While we are making enquiries regarding the other five-second section of video footage, on occasion, when people look like they are about to throw items at police vehicles, officers do engage with them in a bid to defuse the situation.”

With many thanks to: The Irish  and Connla Young for the original story 

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Another Catholic family let down by the bigoted PSNI/RUC

Ms Davidson said: “They had spoken to a man who saw Damien in a “distressed”state, with no socks or shoes on, later that evening. He told the man he was running from people who were after him”.

Damien McFall (28) was found dead on April 26th
THE family of a Co Tyrone man have said they feel “let down” by the PSNI/RUC as they seek answers about his death more than three months ago.

Follow this link to find out more: https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3285716821508069&id=100002093504519&set=a.439170419496071&source=48The body of Damien McFall (28), who was from Dungannon but lived in Cookstown, was found in the early hours of April 26th in nearby Pomeroy. The father-of-three had been missing for three days when he was discovered on wasteland on Limehill Road, wearing just his boxer shorts. Heartbroken relatives said police informed them that no foul play was involved. However, when his remains arrived at the family home for a wake, they said they were “completely shocked” at his appearance – his face was swollen, there were strangulation marks on his neck and cuts all over his body. They claimed repeated efforts to speak to the PSNI/RUC about this have failed.“When my brother came home the left-hand side of his face was swollen and there were strangulation marks on his neck. He had been beaten. There were cuts all over his arms and legs” Stephanie Davidson Damien’s sister, Stephanie Davidson, said no explanation has been offered as to why her brother, who had become a father for the third time just a month before his death, was found almost naked or how he sustained his injuries. Relatives last saw the Dale Farm worker at the Dungannon home of his parents Michelle and Damien on April 22nd. Ms Davidson said they have spoken to a man who saw Damien in a “distressed” state, with no socks or shoes on, later that evening. He told the man he was running from people who were after him. Ms Davidson claimed the man had not been interviewed by the PSNI/RUC despite being the last person to see her brother. She said the PSNI/RUC “have not told us anything”. “We didn’t even get a family liaison officer,” she said. “We had one phone call. They asked questions about his life and we haven’t heard anything from that.

Repeated efforts to get answers on injuries to his body have failed says sister 

“When my brother came home the left-hand side of his face was swollen and there were strangulation marks on his neck. He had been beaten. There were cuts all over his arms and legs. “He had shaved a few days before and had his top off at mum and dad’s and that’s how we know there were no marks on him previously.” She said she has left “numerous messages trying to get hold of the police”. “They don’t speak about injuries or anything. We are sitting here now and it is nearly four months on and we are no better off. We don’t even know what happened. “It has been difficult. We do feel as if we have been let down. “My brother lost his life and there are no answers. We demand a thorough investigation into Damien’s death. “He was found with no clothes on. Somebody has to have seen something.”

Ms Davidson, who has appealed for anyone with information to come forward, said her family believe her brother had been “set with care” at the scene where he was found, given his position with his hands over one another across his stomach. “It is torture. It is a living nightmare. Every day it is the same questions going around in my head.” She said. “We believe my brother was murdered. We want justice for our brother and we will not stop at anything. I will die trying.” Asked by The Irish News about the case, Chief Inspector Michael McDonald said: “A post-mortem to establish the cause of death has been completed, and we are now waiting on toxicology results. “In the meantime, enquiries are ongoing and we will continue to liaise with the coroner’s office and keep Damien’s loved ones updated.”

With many thanks to: The Irish News and Marie Louise McConville -m.mcconville@irishnews.com

Follow these links to find out more: https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/police-investigating-circumstances-surrounding-death-18157693

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(3)-: https://www.funeraltimes.com/damienmcfall979950024

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Driver doused in petrol during Derry hijacking as city suffers third night of violence

Police come under attack in Derry in a third day of violence in the city
A driver was doused in petrol by a group of men who hijacked his recovery lorry before setting it alight in Derry last night as the city suffered a third night of violence. 

In another incident a masked gang of up to 20 people, some armed with metal bars, tried unsuccessfully to hijack a man’s car.

There were further hijackings and attempted hijackings in the city last night, after similar incidents in recent days.

The fifth anniversary of the introduction of internment on 9th August 1971 was marked with disturbances and the hijacking and burning of vehicles. This picture was taken on the Falls Road, Belfast, N Ireland. 197608090356b
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Youths threw petrol bombs, paint bombs and other missiles at police in two separate locations as officers responded to a hoax security alert on Skeoge Road and later to the hijacking of the recovery lorry near Galliagh roundabout. Police said around 150 young people had gathered close to the roundabout and officers were attacked.

Two to three men stopped the recovery vehicle and one of them poured fuel inside the lorry “covering the driver”.


“Both males managed to escape from the vehicle in what was a terrifying ordeal for them and get to safety before the truck was set alight.

“NIFRS and police attended the scene where a crowd of around 150 people had gathered. Some of those who had gathered threw missiles, including stones and bottles, at officers. A petrol bomb was also thrown but failed to ignite.

“As this was taking place, police received a report of an attempted hijacking in Galliagh Park where a woman was stopped by a young masked male who tried to take her vehicle – a black Kia – using a wheelbrace. The woman managed to flee to safety. Damage was caused to the car door, and the woman was understandably left shaken.”

Police said the third incident took place at around 12:40am today when a van was hijacked and set alight in Fergleen Park.

Another attempted hijacking was reported just after 2am when up to 20 masked people, some armed with metal bars, tried unsuccessfully to hijack a man’s car on Fairview Road

A number of vehicles were also hijacked in the city on Tuesday August 4.

Derry and Strabane District Commander Chief Superintendent Emma Bond said the violence was “not representative of this city” and was taking place against the backdrop of the death and funeral of former SDLP and civil rights leader John Hume.

She said police had gathered evidence with a view to making arrests and asked community and elected representatives to continue using their influence.

“This has been the third night of disorder in our city at the hands of cowards determined to cause disruption in our communities.  It is unacceptable and I am very disappointed people made a deliberate decision to go out onto the streets and cause trouble,” CS Bond said.

“Yesterday, the world’s media was focused on the city as John Hume was laid to rest. The scenes in our communities last night are not representative of this city.

“I want to stress the disorder we have seen on our streets over the past few nights has been caused by a minority of people who have absolutely no regard for our communities being impacted, and the people who live here.”

CS Bond had a message for onlookers.

“I would also urge anyone, including those who gathered to watch this disorder last night to understand this is not entertainment. This is dangerous, reckless activity, which has a significant impact on not only the people whose vehicles were targeted, but also on the local communities.”

She thanked community and elected representatives who had been on the ground last night and asked them to continue to use their influence “to help us maintain control of the situation so we don’t have another night of disorder and our communities don’t come under attack again”.

“We have gathered evidence in relation to these incidents and are working to identify those responsible and those involved and we can assure the public we will be working towards making arrests,” she added.

With many thanks to: The Irish News and Maeve Connolly for the original story 

IRSP raise serious concerns over new Militarised British Border in Ireland — Irish Republican Socialist Party


Character assassination is alive and well in 2020

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With many thanks to: Joe Barr and Shauna Kildea for the original posting 

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Two RUC/PSNI officers charged with possessing gun may face further charges

TWO police officers charged with possessing a loaded gun while drunk or on drugs (or both) may face further charges, a judge heard on Thursday July 2nd 2020.

The RUC/PSNI, are not accepted in the North of Ireland as impartial. They are the very same police force as before. Anti-Catholic & just as bitter.

Constables Samuel David Beattie (24) and Paul Coulter (24) did not appear at Lisburn Magistrates Court and none of the facts were opened in court but a police officer gave evidence that he believed he could connect the pair to their respective charges. Beattie and Coulter, both with addresses at PSNI Headquarters, are jointly accused of having a loaded firearm while drunk “or under the influence of drugs” on June 7th this year. While Coulter is also accused of supplying a loaded gun to a person he “knew or had reasonable cause to believe was drunk or under the influence of drugs,”

Beattie is charged with causing criminal damage to a roof belonging to a female. The charges arise after the police were called to a house party in Dunmurry in the early hours after a shot was allegedly fired a legally-held weapon into the kitchen ceiling. It is understood police arrived at the scene and the loaded weapon was recovered and people arrests were made. A prosecuting lawyer revealed the officers may face “possible additional charges” so the Public Prosecutions Service were seeking a four week adjournment. District Judge Nigel Broderick put the case for mention on July 3oth.

With many thanks to: The Irish News for the original story 

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RUC/PSNI conduct more than two dozen searches and make arrests during Operation into serious and organised criminality

RUC/PSNI officers carrying in raids in the North of Ireland with the assistance of the NCA ‘Op Venetic’ was targeting organised crime gangs using Encrypted Encrochat mobile phones
Police Service of Northern Ireland has conducted more than two dozen searches and made a significant number of arrests and seizures,including hundreds of thousands of pounds in cash in what is the UK’s biggest law enforcement operation against serious and organised criminality.

In recent weeks, PSNI carried out 25 searches across Northern Ireland as part of the National Crime Agency-led operation, Operation Venetic, working in collaboration with several other law enforcement partners across Europe and internationally.

Detective Chief Superintendent Andrew Freeburn said Op Venetic is ‘one of the most significant investigations into serious and organised criminality conducted by our police service in collaboration with law enforcement partners across Europe and internationally’.

‘Op Venetic’ targeted organised crime groups operating using encrypted technology in a bid to evade law enforcement. To date, PSNI searches here in Northern Ireland have resulted in the seizure of 15 ‘Encro’ phones and more than £360,000 in cash.

Detective Chief Superintendent Freeburn said: “I’m really proud to tell you about the role that the Police Service of Northern Ireland have played in this.

“We all know that serious and organised criminals pose a significant risk of harm to the people of Northern Ireland. They are responsible for bringing in drugs and firearms into our communities and deal in fear and exploitation which can bring misery to many.

“This has been the largest and most significant law enforcement operation ever mounted in the United Kingdom in the fight against organised crime groups.  It has focused on attacking their use of encrypted communication called Encro devices on which individual members of crime groups co-ordinate their illegal activities.

“The organised crime groups thought that by using encrypted technology they could fly below the radar of law enforcement, however this operation should send a clear message that the combined strength of PSNI working in partnership with our law enforcement partners that no-one is beyond the reach of the law.

“Over the past couple of months, Detectives from our Criminal Investigations Branch have worked tirelessly with our partners in the National Crime Agency and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs in reviewing this material and assessing what criminal offences have been committed.”

As well as the Encro phones and cash, suspected Class A and B drugs were seized, including 2.5kgs of suspected cannabis and cocaine. Three high-value vehicles and numerous pieces of documentation, laptops, a number of items of jewellery and designer handbags were also seized. Significantly, PSNI has mitigated over 15 threats to life during the operation.

Detective Chief Superintendent Freeburn: “We have secured evidence to prosecute a significant number of known criminals who thought they were beyond our reach. In Northern Ireland we have charged five people, four of whom have all been remanded in custody and one on High Court bail. The 44 charges range from conspiracy to commit murder, possession of significant amounts of criminal property, various drugs offences involving Class A and Class B drugs including conspiracy to import and also being concerned in the supply.

“This morning (Thursday, 2nd July) we have also arrested a 64-year-old man in the Newry area. Searches are currently ongoing and so we have seized another high end vehicle so far.

“And there will more to come as we continue to disrupt this criminal network operating here in Northern Ireland who have links to criminals both nationally and internationally.”

Deputy Director of Investigations for Northern Ireland, Scotland and the North of England, Craig Naylor, NCA said: “Operation Venetic is unprecedented across Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom and Europe. It is the broadest and most significant co-ordinated piece of activity into serious organised crime intended to cause significant damage to organised crime groups.

“The NCA has worked with international partners and every single police force across the UK, to achieve these extraordinary results. Our partnerships with policing and especially the PSNI has allowed us to operate to dismantle groups that were previously thought to be beyond the reach of law enforcement.

“By working together we have penetrated organised criminal networks who thought they were untouchable by seizing significant amounts of criminal cash, stopping firearms and drugs reaching our streets to protect the people of Northern Ireland.”

With many thanks to the: PSNI NI, was directly taken from their website 

Damien McLaughlin: Man jailed on weapons offences wins right to challenge illegal legislation

A Co Tyrone man who served a prison term for weapons offences has won the legal right to challenge new powers aimed at cracking down on terrorist activity.

Damien McLaughlin was granted leave at the High Court to seek a judicial review of legislation police can use to obtain search warrants.

Lawyers for the 43-year-old claim his right to privacy is being breached by a regime which also means he must inform the authorities about any foreign travel arrangements.

In 2011 McLaughlin, from Kilmascally Road in Ardboe, received a four and a half year sentence for having rifles and possessing articles for use in terrorist purposes.

Seven years later he was cleared of separate charges linked to the November 2012 killing of prison officer David Black.

But at one stage, while on bail, McLaughlin went missing for nearly four months.

He was detained again in Co Donegal in March 2017, and extradited back to Northern Ireland for a trial which ultimately collapsed.

McLaughlin is now challenging the PSNI and the Home Secretary over provisions contained within the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019.

His legal team contend that police can obtain a warrant to search property without having to show reasonable suspicion.

Issues have also been raised about a requirement to provide personal details and information on any planned trips.

The new regime is unfair and incompatible with McLaughlin’s human rights, it was claimed.

Counsel for the authorities under challenge, Neasa Murnaghan QC, insisted the powers were aimed at “frustrating” terrorism.

But following submissions Mr Justice McAlinden ruled that an arguable case had been established.

He granted leave to apply for a judicial review, with a full hearing listed for later 

With many thanks to: The Irish News for the original story 

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