Shell to Sea has today made its submission on Policing Reform to the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland.
To help in the quest on policing reform, Shell to Sea have come up with a list of don’ts, that if followed would improve policing in Ireland.
The Corrib Gas protests are the single largest source of Garda complaints that GSOC have had to deal with although no Garda has ever been held to account for their law-breaking and abuse of powers.
Among the List of don’ts are:
- Don’t be surprised that after you promote violent Gardaí, that they use violence.
- Don’t be surprised that after you promote Gardaí who have a tendency to lie, that they don’t tell you the truth.
- Don’t allow Gardaí claiming to be suffering from PTSD, to continue policing the people they say caused the PTSD.
- Don’t hold people under water when policing on water.
- Don’t waste alcohol breathalysers. If you need to bump up the figures, use them on Gardaí going to police early morning protests.
- Don’t talk about raping protestors you have just arrested.
- Don’t be telling the media you’re looking for fellows with balaclavas when they are right beside you.
- Don’t be passing drink from private companies to the Gardaí on the Athlone by-pass.
- Don’t be surprised that if you are sending signals to Gardaí that they have diplomatic immunity that they believe they can do what they want.
- Don’t arrest people for fishing just because a company wants to lay some pipes while they are gone.
- Don’t use corporate facilities as processing and holding cells for protestors.
- Don’t allow Gardaí to be prosecuting campaigners one week and then join private companies that the campaigners were opposing the next week.
The full Shell to Sea submission with list of don’ts and further observations can be viewed at: shelltosea.com/sites/default/files/images/ShelltoSea_PolicingReform_310118.rtf
-  The Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland’s call for submissions: http://www.policereform.ie/en/PolRef/Pages/Make_a_Submission
- Shell to Sea Universal Periodic Review submission – 6th October 2011: http://www.shelltosea.com/content/shell-sea-universal-periodic-review-submission
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