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George Nkencho Death Underscores Need For Piloting of Garda Body Cameras

Aontú Leader & Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín has called for the Minister for Justice to fast-track legislation to pilot Body Camera’s for Gardaí to wear in light of the George Nkencho shooting yesterday.

An Teachta Tóibín:

“I would ask people especially on Twitter to desist from being Judge and Jury in what is a very tragic situation for the deceased man, his family and the Gardaí in question. The tragic death of Garda Colm Horkan shows how dangerous & volatile these situations can be. Innocence until guilt is proven is a corner stone of liberal democracy. It is reckless for people from the safety of their own sitting rooms, with the aid of limited grainy video to try apportion blame and fit this tragic situation into the narrative of America’s race conflicts”.

“Only a few months, we lost Detective Colm Horkan in the line of duty. Our Gardaí are part of the fabric of our society and are there when we need them. They put their lives on the line for our communities daily. There needs to be an investigation into what happened yesterday and people must wait until the investigation is complete”.

“For the protection of Gardaí and citizens it’s important that the provision of Garda body cameras is piloted in Ireland. It has been promised by the Government as late as last May, yet no move has been made. I understand that there are privacy concerns however their piloting would help us understand if they can help protect Gardaí and citizens in future”.

By Aontú Press | 31 December, 2020

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