Officer 'warned' over Kelly incident

Published Monday, 17 February 2014
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The police officer driving the landrover involved in an incident with Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly last summer has received an informed warning, UTV understands.

Officer 'warned' over Kelly incident
Mr Kelly says he wanted to speak to the driver. (© Sinn Féin)

Mr Kelly was carried on the bonnet of the police vehicle in north Belfast while attempting to speak to PSNI officers about the arrest of a young man, which had happened moments earlier.

It is believed that he stood in front of the vehicle and was then pushed down the street.

Last month, the politician also accepted a formal reprimand over his actions at Carrickhill which happened just as the annual Tour of the North parade ended.

"I believed at the time I did the right thing," Mr Kelly said.

"I was part of calming a very difficult situation. I have always believed that this is a matter which should not be brought before the courts."

On Monday, it emerged that the officer driving the landrover had also accepted an informed warning over his conduct.

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39 Comments
Gary in Northern Ireland wrote (161 days ago):
(Pádraig in Béal Feirste wrote (4 days ago): So has he been fired or are we letting people with criminal records police the streets?) If that's the case, what about people on the Policing Board or running the country having criminal records?
Michael in Shankill Road UK wrote (163 days ago):
@ john in crumlin. What would he be singing for?
matt in belfast wrote (163 days ago):
To parang in Béal Feirste, the officer does NOT have a criminal record as he has not been found guilty in a court of law. I feel for this officer as he had to make a split second decision in a volatile situation, no doubt his supervisor was barking orders at him to get away from the area!
Ryan in An Dun wrote (163 days ago):
@jean in Dungannon. So what your saying is that it's ok for the police to drive at a member of the public. Would everyone still have the same view if it had of been anyone else than Gerry Kelly? Wise up to yourself. He put a life in danger.
martin in belfast wrote (164 days ago):
make no bones about it, this officer was lucky to keep his job. as other posters have already mentioned if he'd have done this anywhere else in the uk he'd have been sacked.
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