17 complaints made about Covid-19 policing in Cork

17 complaints made about Covid-19 policing in Cork

SEVENTEEN complaints have been made to the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission relating to policing the Covid-19 regulations.

Figures provided to The Echo by the GSOC revealed that six complaints each have been received relating to the Cork city and Cork North garda divisions.

A further five complaints have been submitted relating to Cork West.

They are among 187 complaints received across the country, up to July 6, "in which Covid-19 was mentioned as a factor," said a GSOC spokeswoman.

The complaints regarding the Covid-19 policing are included among 52 complaints made to GSOC about gardaí in Cork to date this year.

Of those, 19 were deemed inadmissible while three were withdrawn and a further three were not pursued because "further investigation" was "not necessary".

27 cases remain open and are currently under investigation.

Among the cases open is an investigation into the discharge of a firearm by a garda in Mallow on May 21. After the incident, one man was taken to hospital for treatment for a shoulder injury.

A complaint is deemed inadmissible either because the behaviour complained about was not deemed a misbehaviour, the complainant was too late in making the complaint, or the person making the complaint was not authorised to do so.

People can make a complaint if they are directly affected by what they believe is misconduct by a garda, if they are a direct witness to such behaviour, or on someone else’s behalf if they have that person’s consent.

Complaints are expected within 12 months of the incident.

However, GSOC says it may extend the time limit if “it considers that there are good reasons for doing so, for example if information leading you to complain only came to light in the last 12 months”.

Cases investigated by GSOC typically fall under four categories – neglect of duty, abuse of authority, discourtesy, and non-fatal offence.

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