9 June 2005 Edition

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Video attack officer 'repositioned'

A PSNI member caught on video camera attacking a young woman during an arrest operation in the Waterside area of Derry in the early hours of Saturday 30 April has been, as the PSNI put it, "repositioned to non-operational duties", pending its investigation and that of the Police Ombudsman. However, campaigners have called for action to be taken against other PSNI members featured in the footage.

Sinn Féin Councillor Peter Anderson said that all the members of the PSNI mobile patrol involved should be held responsible for the incident.

"It's a pity that the PSNI have to wait to get indisputable proof to act," he said. "There is a long list of allegations against the PSNI and there seems to be an ostrich 'bury the head in the sand' attitude to them."

The footage of the PSNI attack was taken shortly after 23-year-old Richard Adams was arrested near his Violet Street home and shows PSNI officers using batons and throwing punches in the Primrose Street area of the Waterside. In one series of events captured on tape, a PSNI female member is shown battering a young girl to the ground.

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