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Corrib Gardai Rape Joke Caught On Tape

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.

(laughter)

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.

(laughter)

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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Una Hardester’s Mother Speaks Out

This is a statement from Katherine Hardester, the mother of Una, who was central to the Hannon miscarriage of justice.  It paints the usual picture of incompetence that we have come to expect of our police force in Ireland.

Una Hardester’s Mother Speaks Out

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Previously

Michael Hannon Innocent of Sexual Assault

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PSNI Chief Constable Replacement

Hugh Orde is due to step down as Chief Constable of the PSNI, and now I hear speculation that he might be replaced by a member of the Gardaí, but I think this is unlikely.

Why?

Because a basic requirement of the job is the ability to talk without dribbling, that’s why.

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Art Police

As you probably know, our gobshite police force questioned an artist in recent days for putting a painting in a gallery without permission.

Imagine that. 

These policemen, not renowned for their subtlety, levels of literacy or cultural sophistication were sent out to intimidate a painter who made a joke about the leader of government, as if they were qualified to do anything but direct traffic.

The man lampooned is not the head of state.  He’s a politician, who leads the party that presided over the collapse of our economy due to its close relationship with a bunch of criminals in the banking industry and construction.

The puppet police didn’t prosecute the builders who bankrupted our country by constructing thousands of over-priced houses, but they want to jail an artist for driving a single nail.

Dear God!  What a bunch of fools.

What a pathetic country we have.

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Cowen Nude Pictures — New Garda Art Unit

The government has just announced the creation of a crack new unit within the Gardai. The Offensive Pictures-And-Other-Stuff-On-The-Wall Squad.

Intrigued, I phoned the Garda Press Office.

Hello. Is that the Garda Press Office?

‘Tis. Who’s that?

Bock. I just wanted to ask you about the crack new Garda unit. The Offensive Pictures-And-Other-Stuff-On-The-Wall Squad.

Oh yeah. Right.

Could you tell me what it’s going to be doing?

Well, it’ll be, like, mostly about art. Pictures, like. Painted pictures, by painters, with paint, but it could be about anything that, aaah, that, like says things. Like.

Sorry?

Anything that kinda says, y’know, bad things. Or looks bad. Or anything smelly or anything really really fukken ugly, like. On a wall. D’ya see?

Could it investigate horrible wallpaper?

Sure. Sure it could. We could kick down your fukken door if we thought you hung up bad wallpaper.

What about if I stuck a note on my neighbour’s door to tell him I’ve gone to the pub and would he like a pint?

Well, that would depend if you used a thumb tack. If you did that, we’d have you for criminal damage. But not if you used Blu-Tak. No. Not Blu-tak. Unless it took off a little bit of paint, and then we might have to do you for criminal damage after all. But we mightn’t either.

So what about artists putting paintings into art galleries?

Well, we got a tip-off about this fella Ronny Bosh, and we’re following a definite line of inquiry. If any of this bucko’s pictures turn up in an Irish art gallery, we’ll have him like a shot.

You mean Hieronymus Bosch?

That’s him.

But he’s been dead for five hundred years.

Doesn’t matter. We had Garda Houlihan, our art expert, examine photos of this fella’s pictures and he says they’re fukken offensive as fuck.

Houlihan, you say? He’s an expert then.

He sure is. He did a two-week FÁS course on it back in 1987. That’s the Garda Síochána for you. We fukken fling experts at a problem when we have to. Well-oiled machine, that’s us. We’re also on the trail of that Daly fucker.

You mean Dalí?

Daly. Daley. Dalek. Whatever. We saw his fukken pictures and they’re fukken stupid. We’ll arrest the fucker if we get our hands on him. We’ll get him on a public order charge. And that Jackson Bollocks. A man well named if ever I heard of one.

So how will you decide what to investigate?

Ah well, ya see, we’ll do what we always did. If we hear about something on the news we’ll probably have to follow it up, like we did with Joe Duffy and the Tipperary Town tinkers. Or, like, if the government wants to shut someone up, like.

What about if I walked into an art gallery now and left a nude painting of Enda Kenny on the wall?

Ah that would be all right. Sure, he’s only a bollocks.

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Artist Charged With Putting Picture IN Gallery

I wrote to the Garda Press Office about this insane business, but that was two days ago and I originally intended to write something about the nature of the works in question.  However, we now discover that the Gardai have gone beyond simply investigating the incident, and have questioned an artist, Conor Casby, about painting pictures and putting them in art galleries.

How about that?

Artists putting pictures in galleries.  What next?

The Gardai, who are constantly reminding us of their arduous workload, consider it a priority to enter an artist’s home, confiscate his paintings, question him about placing two pictures in art galleries and then forward a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

How about that?

This is at a time when crime gangs are machine-gunning each other on our streets and bankers are robbing us blind, but the Gardai see it as their priority to question a real artist while the country is being destroyed by con-artists.

That’s the kind of work our police force considers useful.

Because one overweight, pig-ugly politician, Brian Cowen, decided he didn’t like the caricatures made of him by an artist, our supposedly non-political police force entered an artist’s home, questioned him about a non-crime and stole his artistic work. They also raided a radio station with which the artist had been in contact, informing the staff in the process that the “powers that be” wanted something done.

In other words, Cowen sent his uniformed goons to intimidate a critic.

Now look.  Somebody like Cowen can’t be caricatured.  He’s a living caricature of himself, and even a photograph of him could be considered offensive.

When we contacted the Garda Press Office, they were reluctant to get into specifics about the investigation, which I could understand, and in fairness to the Garda who answered my query, I suspect that he privately considered the whole thing as ludicrous as everyone else does, so I’m not qoing to name him, because I think he was doing his best with a bad situation.

Instead, I’ll just give you the exchange of emails with the Garda’s clarification of his private opinion in its entirety.

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Bock: I understand from RTE news reports that an Garda Siochana is making inquiries after two portraits of an Taoiseach were left in Dublin art galleries.
We intend to write an article on this incident, and I was wondering if you could help.  In particular, while we can see how a person might be breaking the law by removing a painting from an art gallery, we have difficulty understanding how it might be possible to break the law by leaving a painting inside a gallery.
Given that an Garda Siochana is reported to be investigating the incident, it would be extremely helpful if you could shed light on the legislative basis for a possible prosecution in such cases.

Garda: We can confirm that such an inquiry is taking place but we would not speculate as to possible legislative breaches in relation to an ongoing inquiry.

Bock: Thank you very much for your prompt reply.  Obviously I would not write about the specifics of an ongoing inquiry but I was wondering in general what law exists making it an offence to place a painting in a gallery.  Could you point me towards the legislative basis for such an offence in a general sense?

Again I can only say that we would not comment on an ongoing investigation.

Garda: It is my personal opinion that there would be no specific legislation governing the placing of an unauthorised painting in the gallery and that the offence would exist in the manner in which the painting was placed e.g trespass, criminal damage, offensiveness of item displayed etc.

Bock: Again may I thank you for responding promptly and I do appreciate how difficult it is to comment without getting involved in the specifics of a case, so  I certainly wouldn’t attempt to go down that route.  It would be better to stick to generalities.

I didn’t know that there was legislation covering the offensiveness of paintings, and I thank you for this information.  The article we write will probably be concerned with this aspect of the matter.

Would the legislation relating to the offensiveness of paintings relate to all paintings or would it be limited to recent paintings?  For example, it occurs to me that a painting made in the 19th century might have to be removed from a gallery if it was assessed as offensive.  Clearly, this could lead to difficulty with work currently on display in many galleries, both in Ireland and internationally.

I personally considered the work of Hierionymus Bosch to be particularly violent and explicit in many ways, yet his main body of work was produced in the 15th century.  On the basis of the information you have provided, it would seem that paintings by Bosch or, for instance, Salvador Dali, might be considered offensive and subject to prosecution.

You certainly raise interesting issues about art that I was not aware of up to now.

Garda : The reason that I did not want to get into specifics re possible breaches of legislation is because of the possible interpretation of what I have said.

There is no legislation specifically governing offensiveness of paintings but rather the display of offensive material as outlined in a recent public order/criminal justice act.

I am not aware of the exact circumstances of what was displayed re Brian Cowen or indeed what was actually displayed and I was merely outlining, in the broadest sense, what may possibly constitute an offense in this case.

To be honest, it would be ludicrous to suggest that art (in general) could be liable to prosecution with regards to offensiveness and I would not like to be attributed to any suggestion that it would.

If you wish to see what legislation is outlined in that act by all means you should look it up.

Also, if you wish to discuss this further, for reasons of clarity, please do not hesitate to contact me on 01 6662071.

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As you can see, this Garda is a reasonable, helpful and intelligent man, and I fully accept his reminder that he did not suggest art could be liable to prosecution.

I followed the Garda press office’s advice about looking up the areas of law mentioned in the kind policeman’s replies to me.

Incitement to hatred is defined as follows:

"hatred" means hatred against a group of persons in the State or elsewhere on account of their race, colour, nationality, religion, ethnic or national origins, membership of the travelling community or sexual orientation.

Therefore, ridiculing an individual because of their appearance is outside the scope of the Incitement to Hatred Act.  It’s a bit disappointing that the Garda didn’t seem to know this.

Criminal damage.  Well, driving a nail into a wall is so trivial that it’s beneath the attention of the law and would be laughed out of court.  To prosecute somebody for this would raise all sorts of questions about the lack of Garda action when citizens make complaints about genuine and serious criminal damage.  It also raises questions about the common Garda disclaimer that they can’t act without a formal complaint from the injured party.  I wonder if a gallery’s management would make a formal complaint against an artist for causing a pin-prick in a wall?  I wonder what such a complaint would tell us about the people who run the gallery?

Trespass comes into play only if the artist was in the gallery without the intention of viewing the artworks.  Likewise, it would require a formal complaint, and in any case this would be a trivialisation of the offence and a manufactured charge, designed to oppress.  No court could determine what was in the artist’s mind when he entered the gallery, and he may well reasonably have had the intention to view the pictures on display and to contribute an artwork of his own, which is exactly what he did.  Will they charge him with donating a picture to a gallery?

We’re left with the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 1994, which states as follows:

7.—(1) It shall be an offence for any person in a public place to distribute or display any writing, sign or visible representation which is threatening, abusive, insulting or obscene with intent to provoke a breach of the peace or being reckless as to whether a breach of the peace may be occasioned.

Now that is a worrying piece of legislation, but again, the crucial element is the intent to provoke a breach of the peace, and clearly the artist had no such intention.

However, the Public Order Act and the Criminal Justice Act are immensely flexible pieces of legislation, capable of being interpreted any way the police choose.  That in itself would be worrying in a normal society, but when the police appear to have become an instrument of the government’s wishes, as in this case, it is more than worrying.

If any artist is prosecuted under this act, it will be because a politician has dictated that it should be so. The police bringing the charges will plainly be acting under political instructions, and that will be a truly sinister development.

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Garda Commissioner On The Radio

Did anyone hear the Garda Commissioner on the radio yesterday morning?

Well?  What did you think of Fachtna Murphy’s performance?

I found it dispiriting, in a time when we were never more in need of a professional police force, to hear their leader mouthing pre-digested platitudes, as if that sort of pompous old nonsense still impresses us.

What struck me most of all was the poverty of his imagination.

I don’t care how good their detection rate is.  I don’t care how many murders they solved.  It makes no difference to me how many people they caught after the fact.  Why can’t he figure that out?

I don’t care.

So they catch my murderer?  What good is that to me after I get a bullet in the head?  What use is it to all the victims of crime if Fachtna Murphy’s boys and girls found out who did it?

I don’t care who did it.  I don’t want it to happen in the first place, and when I heard Murphy going on with all this pious old shit I realised we’re in the wrong hands.

This is just another sad old Irish cop who fails to understand that reactive policing isn’t good enough.

We don’t want detection.  We want protection.

Did you ever hear such an out-of-touch old dinosaur trying to spin the failures of his management in a positive light?  Oh, wait a minute — did I say management?  Did I somehow contrive to use the word management for a police force that thinks raiding pubs will solve the country’s crime problems?

You probably don’t know what I mean, so I suppose I should tell you. Did you know that one of the central tenets of received wisdom within our police force is the following gem: control the bars and you control public order offences.

Now, the fact that this belief is entirely unsupported by empirical evidence doesn’t deter these geniuses from continuing to believe it.  Indeed not, and why would it?  After all, these old crusties who run our police force are cut from the same cloth as the venerable Fachtna Murphy.  Authoritarian, old-fashioned policemen from the DeValera age, who have all, without exception, failed to make the transition to the 21st century.

We do not have a modern police force in this country.  Let’s be clear about that.  We don’t have a police force in touch with technology, or strategic thinking, or professional management techniques.

What’s worse, we don’t have a police force in touch with the middle ground: you and me.  Our police force is far more comfortable alienating your support and mine by petty bullying, by raiding pubs, by being obnoxious to the middle-ground people like you and me, by swaggering around on a contemptible power trip, when it should be confronting real criminals.  Instead, our semi-detached police force thinks that people like you and me are the threat, and treats us as such, while psychotic, demented families have the freedom to do as they please.

Why?

Because our police force wants an easy life and finds itself far more comfortable bullying people who won’t fight back.  People like you and me.

The people who pay their wages.

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Prescription Cannabis-Derived Medication Gets You Arrested in ireland

Here’s a story about a guy with MS, an appalling progressive illness.  The only thing that alleviates his symptoms is medicinal cannabis, which he gets on prescription in Holland where he lives.

The problem is, he can’t come home to Ireland, even for a visit.  He hasn’t been here in two years.  Why? Because the idiot cops say they’ll arrest him for possessing pills made of cannabis. Medicine!  We’re talking prescription medicine here, the only thing that eases his symptoms, but the fearless crime fighters won’t have it.

The British cops have no problem as long as he brings his documents on the way through, but do you think Paddy Plod can figure this out?  Like fuck!  They’re gonna track down this desperate criminal and put him away for a long time.  The fools.

Maybe someone would point out to these idiots that heroin is illegal too, and is actually dangerous, yet heroin is administered every day in our hospitals, on prescription.  Cannabis tablets, on the other hand can’t be used to ease the suffering of a man with multiple sclerosis, but when his disease gets so bad he’s screaming, they’ll have no problem giving him heroin.  Where’s the logic in that?  Where’s the humanity?

Deadly dangerous, these prescription cannabis pills.  Remind me again about the heart drug that Elan had to withdraw a few years back after it killed hundreds of people.  That was legal, wasn’t it?

Oh for fucksake, sometimes I think this country is run by complete dim-wits.

Let’s have a song to cheer us up.

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The Morris Tribunal and the Wall of Silence

The sixth report of the Morris Tribunal was published today.

If you’ve been reading this site for a while, you might know something about the disgraceful behaviour of the Gardai in Donegal that led to the setting up of the tribunal.  They framed, suspects, beat them up in custody, manufactured evidence, lied to their superiors and ultimately tried to lie their way out of the tribunal.

But Mr Justice Fred Morris is a crafty old bird and he saw through the lies.  I’ll just give you a flavour of what he said in his report and you can read the whole lot on the tribunal web site if you want to.  Have a look at these extracts in Morris’s own words:

  • Once again, the Tribunal was faced with Garda­ who were determined to hide the truth of what happened. They made statements to their superiors which were in many instances minimalist in their detail and failed to give a fully truthful account; in a number of instances the statements were a complete fabrication.

  • It was disturbing to find a  deep seated reluctance to concede that a colleague had acted  incorrectly or wrongfully or that the complaints made by the detainees were true the wall of silence was maintained.

  • Unfortunately, this approach extended to and was encouraged by senior officers in this investigation and in the overall approach adopted by An Garda Síochána to external complaints.

  • The deficiencies observed by the Tribunal in the manner in which An Garda Síochána acted in these matters, by their nature, are not peculiar to Donegal. Issues of accountability, tunnel vision, the proper investigation of offences, the treatment of persons in custody, and responsible leadership of criminal investigations, are all issues related  to general policing.

  • The Tribunal has already referred to the wall of silence that has been experienced in dealing with policemen at home and abroad when they  are faced with allegations of misconduct. This may be viewed with the  other phenomenon of Garda speak which the Tribunal has  encountered over the last number of years, and an understanding by Garda­ that they are expected only to give the minimum amount of  detail in respect of any controversy in which the Garda­ are involved.

  • Gardaí­ should give a full and truthful account in every statement which they make in all cases whether civil or criminal. It is regrettable that  such a basic proposition in relation to telling the truth should have to be spelt out in this way.

  • False evidence was manipulated by members of An Garda Síochána in an effort to implicate suspects whom the Gardaí­­ believed were responsible for the Late Richard Barron’s death. Proper methods of investigation were not employed. Statements were not properly taken from witnesses.

  • Lies and negligence led to the arrest of innocent people and the disruption of  their lives, at a terrible human and social cost for some of them.

  • The most obvious forensic manifestation of this disaster was the procurement from Mr. Frank McBrearty Junior of a false confession, which coincided to a large extent with the incorrect theory upon which the investigation had proceeded. The statement itself was the product of a complete and systematic failure of policing at a number of levels, from the most senior officers leading the inquiry, to those conducting the interviews of certain witnesses and suspects, and a failure to analyse statements and evidence obtained.

  • In this jurisdiction, unfortunately, this has not been a unique occurrence. The Tribunal is now aware of the case of the Late Dean Lyons, in which a false confession was also obtained by members of An Garda Síochána in the course of a murder investigation. Thus, in two very serious recent inquiries, two detainees have yielded false confessions in respect of crimes of which they were innocent.

This is only a small sample of the things Mr Justice Morris has to say about our police force.  He accuses them of dishonesty, incompetence, and institutionalised abuse of suspects throughout Ireland.  Despite what the Justice Minister, Brian Lenihan suggested today, it was not the work of a small number of policemen in Donegal.  This problem is nationwide, and anyone who takes the trouble to read Morris’s reports will be able to see that plainly.

At a time when we need it more than ever, our police force is in deep trouble because of a lack of professional management, professional standards and professional skills.  It’s a cloistered, monastic cabal that regards the population at large as the enemy.  It’s quite willing to harass the average citizen for a minor infringement while at the same time being more than happy to avoid confrontation with the serious criminals who threaten the very existence of civil society.

If our police force is such deep trouble, then we, the citizens are in very serious danger, and nobody in government seems to have the imagination to see that and do something about it.  Fred Morris has done a tremendous job protecting our democracy, and yet Brian Lenihan cynically tried to bury the report by releasing it on the same day a new Taoiseach takes office.  This is a disgrace, but it’s revealing.  This shows you a political mindset that can’t see the danger in having a corrupt and demoralised police force.

We are in big trouble.

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Previously:

Freddy’s back: the Morris Tribunal

McBrearty Settles Action Against Irish State for ‚¬3 Million
Losing hearts and minds

Gardai Deny Farting At Suspect

Do You Know Your Daddy’s a Murderer?

Gardai Deny Everything

Drink Driving Charges

Oh those funny old Guards

Police and thieves

The Cannibal Murders

The Cannibal Murders Revisited

The Heart of Darkness

The Professionals

What actually happened at Abbeylara

Who killed Richie Barron?

Worst police force in Europe

Internet Data and Email : New Powers for Irish Police

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