The Londonderry INLA incident is another example of PSNI’s cherished treatment of Republican postings
“I want to reassure the public that all operational policing decisions are made with public safety as the primary objective.”
How can the officer responsible for Londonderry’s latest terror debacle reconcile this statement with his dismal failure to do the right thing, even after having received ample information that terrorists would almost certainly carry and unload guns.
Shooting with weapons in an area that is overcrowded, particularly by the kind of people in this case, cannot, contrary to its weak excuse, be considered compatible with public safety.
A random savage bullet like the one that maybe inadvertently killed Lyra McKee not long ago, or even a ricochet are just as deadly as a deliberately aimed shot. Which, of course, is not entirely uncommon with armed terrorists at gatherings like this in Londonderry or elsewhere.
The PSNI’s dereliction of duty strikes me as quite thoughtful and deliberate, and all in one piece with the recent darling police handling of terrorist displays like, say, the IRA’s show of force at the “funeral” parade. by Storey.
Like most members of the non-republican community, I have no memory for the loyalist paramilitaries, but I must have a wry smile at the contrast between the PSNI which allows terrorist shooting in daylight in a crowded area and the quick, somewhat hysterical and frankly a little exaggerated reaction of a few ejits in masks, after dark, apparently unarmed dander in a park in East Belfast.
If the PSNI’s acceptance and assistance to these Republican terrorists in these latest Londonderry shenanigans had taken place elsewhere, perhaps after a twelfth orange parade or marching band or other rally, and carried out by loyalist paramilitaries, we would undoubtedly be deafened by the indignation the Republicans howl in collusion.
Do you remember Voltaire’s relevant observation? “If you really want to know who rules you, find out who you are not allowed to criticize.
Or apparently, dare the police.
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