Time for the silent majority to call for reform of discredited PSNI

Letters to Editor
Letters to Editor

I am deeply saddened at the preferential treatment given by PSNI to Gay Pride.

It is clear that those who served in the RUC and who paid the ultimate sacrifice are disregarded as relics of the past, and dismissed accordingly.

The PSNI’s treatment of IRA victims is less than credible.

PSNI officers, in full uniform, participated in such a public display of gross immodesty in Belfast city centre, in addition to inappropriately painted police vehicles.

Yet the PSNI did not stand with those who recently marked important anniversaries for family members whom republican terrorists butchered.

I think of the 45th anniversary of the Claudy bombing in 1972 in which nine innocent people were ruthlessly dispatched and injured by IRA bombs. The PSNI knew about this event because they provided traffic cones to the organisers. Indeed, one man, not PSNI officers, was out in Claudy positioning the cones at around 4am on Monday 31st July.

Note that the chief constable attended the funeral of the second in command of the Derry brigade of the IRA, the late deputy first minster.

Victims of terrorism still suffer today.

Then PSNI wonders why it is diminishing in respect among the victims of terrorism and why they have plummeting confidence in it as a force established to provide families with long-denied justice!

This is not to discredit the excellent officers who work in it, may I add.

Is it now time for the silent majority to call loudly and clearly for the reform of this discredited force in the hope that, with appropriate and fundamental changes, it will uphold decency in society, and get justice for victims of terrorism.

One closing question: would serving senior PSNI officers have been present when my family marked the 40th anniversary of Ken’s murder, had it not been held in Cookstown station?

I now wonder!

J.E. Hazlett Lynch (Dr), Victim of Terrorism, Co Londonderry

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