garda who was filmed allegedly pepper spraying a homeless man has been cleared of any wrong doing

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By : Solidarity Times – Free the Media, Be the Media

The Mirror are reporting that the “garda who was filmed allegedly pepper spraying a homeless man has been cleared of any wrong doing” by GSOC

This was the case where a student videoed a garda apparently pepper spraying a homeless man in a sleeping bag who was already handcuffed. In the video the Garda appears to spray the man, then stands on his leg. When it is brought to his attention that his actions are being recorded he then tells the person with the video to ‘move away for your own safety’

GSOC which is largely staffed by ex police and whose investigations have been limited by previous Ministers of Justice almost never finds against Garda who are reported to it.

In the past it has threatened and leaked smear stories to the press about people who have brought complaints as well as publishing interim reports that were more about trying to spin the media than part of any investigation. For that reason many experienced activists now refuse to report abuses to GSOC

You can view the video at https://youtu.be/xssyCecm2TY and decide for yourself whether the apparent pepper spraying seemed an appropriate response.