Kelly incident officer facing warning

Published Tuesday, 07 January 2014
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A police officer has been offered an informed warning over his driving after Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly was carried on the bonnet of a Land Rover during a disturbance in north Belfast last year, according to the PPS.

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Mr Kelly was handed an informed warning after he stood in front of the armoured Land Rover in the Carrick Hill area of the city in June.

The MLA said he was trying to speak to police about the arrest of a young man just moments before he was pushed down the street on the front of the PSNI vehicle.

Tensions had been raised after the annual Tour of the North parade passed through the area.

Following an investigation, Mr Kelly accepted an informed warning which will remain on his criminal record for 12 months.

It has since emerged that a complaint about the officer driving the vehicle was made to the Police Ombudsman which passed its file on to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS).

The PPS has confirmed that, as in the Kelly case, the police officer has been offered an informed warning by means of a "diversionary disposal".

A PPS statement said: "That the case for prosecution is met in the case involving Mr Gerard Kelly MLA and a police officer.

"Having regard to all circumstances of the case it was concluded that diversionary disposals were appropriate."

If the officer refuses the warning, he would be liable to face prosecution.

The Police Federation claims the officer has not yet received the warning and they say they will oppose any disciplinary action.

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Observer in Online wrote (97 days ago):
"There was an underage child in the back of the jeep and no responsible adult." Eamon in Belfast - Was the child under 10? No, a teenager doesn't have to have an adult with them to be arrested for an offence, and transported in the back of a LANDROVER you clown. Dry up!
Law Breaker???? in Belfast wrote (100 days ago):
This judgement sets a precedent that allows anybody to stand in the way of a PSNI vehicle to prevent a suspected criminal in the rear of the vehicle from being taken away. Very sad day for policing and for the ability of the PSNI to go about its duty. In my view a political decision to appease the Nationalist/republican community - No doubt about it!
Eamonn in Belfast wrote (100 days ago):
This officer should be sacked. If i were to commit misconduct in my work place i would be sacked. People are you actually looking at the video or just letting bigotry over take your thoughts? There was an underage child in the back of the jeep and no responsible adult. The fact Kelly surfed the road on the landrover was down to the careless driving of the PSNI officer who should be sacked.
CC in Co Down wrote (102 days ago):
Had this police officer stopped and opened his door the whole crew would have beeb at ghe mercy of a mob. Mr Kelly like some other MLAs believe that they are calling the shots now and because they are on a policing board to which they were appointed by political parties not eldcted to that they can direct policing. The police officer should be commended not cautioned.
Mark in Belfast wrote (102 days ago):
Im starting to have a bit of faith now in the justice system. That will teach him to drive off.
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