The Gardai working for Shell in Mayo are an absolute disgrace. Crushing dissent against the theft of our natural resources, they’re happy to collect sizeable overtime payments while at the same time depriving local residents of their right to protest. They have worked hand in hand with privately employed security thugs to beat up honest men and women, and to falsify evidence.
Therefore, it would come as no surprise to me if three Gardai had joked about raping a woman they had just arrested. In a grim sort of way, I’d be glad if they had been caught planning to sexually abuse a prisoner because it might finally expose what has been going on there,.
But they didn’t. They made a joke about an imagined exchange that might take place between a policeman and a prisoner, something so absurd that they burst out laughing. We’ve all been there: people saying more and more outrageous things until the conversation gets completely out of hand.
Their words, caught on a confiscated video camera they had inadvertently left running, strike me as a lampooning of the sort of heavy-handed policing they speak about elsewhere in the conversation.
This is the part that caused all the outrage. It’s crude, it’s base, but it’s also taking place inside a car between three men with no witnesses present and nobody to feel threatened.
They’re discussing a woman they’ve just arrested.
Sounds like a Yank or Canadian.
Garda B: Well whoever, we’ll get Immigration fucking on her.
Garda A: She refused to give her name and address and told she would be arrested.
Garda B : … and deported.
Garda A: And raped.
Garda B: I wouldn’t go that far yet. She was living down at that crusty camp, fuck sake, you never know what you might get.
Garda A: Give me your name and address or I’ll rape you.
Unidentified Garda: Hold it there, give me your name and address there, I’ll rape you.
Garda A : Or I’ll definitely rape you.
I realise that people will see the recording in a different light, but to my mind, they’re playing out a scenario so impossible, so ludicrous that they find it hysterically funny. I think they’re ridiculing the sort of ignorant policemen who turned the whole Rossport debacle into a public relations disaster for the Garda Síochána.
Later in the recording, a Garda is speaking on the phone:
I know we don’t want to be arresting them but by the same token, we were left with no option.
The men go on to discuss the need for safety ropes and ladders when removing protesters from the cabs of tractors.
I have to tell you, during private conversation, I’ve gone more than a few steps beyond what’s socially acceptable. Which of us hasn’t? Some of the funniest moments happen when people say extreme things they obviously don’t believe. If I thought I was being recorded, I’d be a lot more circumspect. Therefore, I’m afraid this tape signifies not very much. It’s just a recording of three guys acting the maggot in a car.
There are plenty of substantial reasons to mistrust the Gardai and to challenge their actions at Rossport, but this isn’t one of them, in my opinion.
There’s less to this case than meets the eye.
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