'Bus lane woman' wants police sacked

'Bus lane woman' wants police sacked

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.

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 MonganBut 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.


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