'Bus lane woman' wants police sacked

Published Thursday, 20 March 2014
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The woman who appeared to be left lying at the side of the road by police in Londonderry, with the incident caught on camera by a member of the public, has called for the officers to be sacked.

'Bus lane woman' wants police sacked
The incident was filmed by a member of the public and posted online. (© Facebook)

The video sparked controversy when it was posted online, having been taken in the John Street area of Derry on St Patrick's Day.

Bridget Mongan was the woman who was lifted by officers and placed in a bus lane, before being seen lying in the foetal position as they seemed to drive away.

"It made me so angry," she told UTV, having seen the footage herself. "I'm not a dog, I'm human."

The 23-year-old, who is an alcoholic, and her partner had been involved in an incident moments before the video was taken.

Her partner had been arrested and placed in the back of the police car, which Ms Mongan had tried to get into.

I want them to lose their jobs.

Bridget Mongan

But she maintains that the officers involved put her life in danger and that she has been left distressed by what happened.

The matter has been referred to the Police Ombudsman's Office and investigations are already underway into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The PSNI has said that it will cooperate fully.

On Wednesday, after the footage had been extensively shared on social media, Assistant Chief Constable George Hamilton accepted that it "looked bad".

He added: "There was a build-up to this, 10 to 15 minutes prior to that video clip.

"But I'm going to allow that to be left to the Police Ombudsman to investigate the broader picture, before we come to any conclusions about whether or not that explains or justifies the actions of the police officers."

The final report will be sent to the Chief Constable, the Justice Minister and the Policing Board.

A PSNI spokesperson said on Thursday night that the officers in question have been repositioned to duties that will not bring them in direct contact with the public while the Police Ombudsman investigation is carried out.

Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Alistair Finlay said the repositioning was without any prejudice to the officers or the continuing investigation by the Police Ombudsman's Office.

He added that the decision will be reviewed at the conclusion of the investigation.

© UTV News
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24 Comments
amelia in lurgan wrote (223 days ago):
This woman is no victim.Yes the police could have handled it much better.But i suppose its much batter to save face and blame everyone else for the state you get yourself into through drink! Wise up and quit crying.
jean in dungannon wrote (224 days ago):
I think people need to see this story for what it is. Make up your own mind.
Steffan in Belfast wrote (224 days ago):
Having seen the footage prior to moment she was dragged to the side of the road, this woman was chasing police and had to be restrained so there is no reason whatsoever why she couldn't have picked herself up off the road. She chose to lie in the road and endanger her own life. Its not as if she was physically not able to do so, or too intoxicated to do so. She was well enough to chase and man handle the police so she is well enough to get herself off the ground. Yes the police probably should have dragged her onto the footpath but I doubt they imagined she would just lie there like an idiot.
B in Armagh wrote (224 days ago):
What the police did was wrong, yes! I think we all agree.. But they didn't put her there in the 1st place. Sometimes taking responsibility for your own actions is the first step. Not blaming someone else, and asking to have them punished.. She's a grown woman. Time to grow up a little more!
Davy in East Belfast wrote (224 days ago):
Get over it love. Wasnt a lot wrong with you when you were running up the road after the police when your partner was being arrested.Didnt see you lying, unable to walk 2 minutes before you collapsed.
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