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CCTV cameras are used everywhere to help fight crime,

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but tonight on Spotlight,

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with exclusive footage, we bring you the story of how CCTV cameras

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in Omagh have brought sharp focus on police methods.

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Here, a policeman punches a late-night drinker in the face.

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The way they have intervened has escalated

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the aggression and the violence.

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This is a middle-aged man being dragged to a police car.

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I'd liken it to an individual being dragged from a war zone.

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Totally unacceptable. I'm shocked and disappointed.

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And Omagh's new police commander gives us his view.

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That is absolutely horrendous.

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It's over the top, but you have got to look at it in the round.

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But it's not just heavy-handed policing that's in question.

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It now appears there's a serious issue about the reliability

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of some police evidence.

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I believe that the new Chief Constable has a job of work to do,

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to send an investigating team into there, to find out

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what exactly has been going on.

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This programme contains some strong language.

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By day, it's quiet, but at weekends,

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John Street in Omagh is Tyrone Party Central,

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attracting hundreds to its many bars and its nightclub.

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# Tonight We're drinking from the bowl... #

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But it can also be a place of danger.

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Two teenagers died in this town centre street

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in the past 18 months, after late-night street fights.

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Chief Superintendent Kevin Dunwoody is the new Divisional Commander

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for this area. His first major task is to find a way

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of dealing with public order issues.

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We have had 96 assaults in Omagh over the last year.

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36 of those have actually occurred

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in the area that you are showing on the footage there.

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There is a risk to people that are there. We have to make sure

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we are there to be able to protect the public.

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So, the police have a duty of care to protect the public

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at closing time from potential disorder.

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And, yet, paradoxically, they also have a duty to protect

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the late-night drinkers from the harm they can do themselves.

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Patrolling the streets is never easy, especially at closing time.

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Take, for instance, this brief disturbance in December, 2012.

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A camera phone captures the moment the police arrive.

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CCTV images show how quickly the situation threatens

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to escalate out of control, as scuffles break out.

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Four cases have raised serious questions about policing in Omagh.

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Police ombudsman Michael Maguire has set up a team to investigate.

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He first took an interest in Omagh a year ago.

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I asked for some work done, internally, in relation

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to the pattern and profile of cases,

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in relation to Omagh.

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I, at the beginning of this year, shared that information

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with the police, with a view to saying,

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"Look, there are some questions here."

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We asked two experienced former police officers

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to look at how the police acted in the December 2012 incident.

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That first initial use of force will... What we see

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in many, many instances, it will inflame the crowd.

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Dr Stuart Kirby is a former Divisional Commander,

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with 30 years' service,

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who now specialises in public order policing in England.

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So, rather than being the solution, achieving the objective,

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the police intervention is now part of the problem,

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because what has gone from a celebration is now a, sort of, more

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severe confrontation between police and public.

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Ulster Unionist MLA Ross Hussey

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patrolled the streets of Omagh for 25 years, as an RUC officer.

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From what I see, they shouldn't have moved in at all.

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There was, what appeared to be, a boisterous, happy crowd.

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But based on what you see in the video, it's a happy crowd,

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who have a drop of drink too much.

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The drink's in,

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the wit's out, but there is no aggression shown there.

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We put it to Chief Superintendent Kevin Dunwoody that the actions

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of his officers seen here, had escalated the situation.

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This didn't look like a threatening crowd, at all.

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At the start, it's not a threatening crowd.

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You saw two officers come in and then it escalates very quickly.

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Only when the police push in seems to be the escalation point.

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We are looking at one piece of evidence. We are looking at the CCTV.

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You are looking at it without listening to what is being said,

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without, sort of, looking at it from the context of the crowd,

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the context of the officers and the threat they perceived and felt.

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We then showed the Chief Superintendent how the arresting

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officer subdued this man.

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They are trying to get handcuffs on him and, yet, this happens.

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He seems to be thrown to the ground here.

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It looks horrendous. What they are trying to do

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is put the arrested person under control.

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This is one of the cases which has been referred to the ombudsman.

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You can look at the video and you can form an opinion.

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It's up to the ombudsman to take an objective view,

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based on all the evidence.

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Arising out of this melee, two men found themselves

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facing criminal charges, including the man we saw earlier

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being thrown to the ground. That is Leo McCullagh.

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You can see him here, in a blue T-shirt, being arrested.

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In these statements, four officers describe seeing Leo McCullagh

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punch a constable in the face, using his fist.

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And four of them describe seeing 15-20 men blocking the street

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to traffic. Perhaps, what is most important about these statements

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is that they corroborate each other,

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providing the Public Prosecution Service

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with a compelling reason to prosecute.

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Leo McCullagh is charged with disorderly behaviour,

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resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.

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Solicitor Conor Sally represented Leo McCullagh.

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He told his client to seek out the CCTV footage of the incident.

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In Leo's case, the key critical factor was the CCTV.

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Number one, the CCTV had been sought.

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Two, the fact that it then covered the incident

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and that it wasn't pointing in a different direction.

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Using those CCTV images, the person highlighted here

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is Leo McCullagh, before the arrival of the police.

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He was 27, when seen here celebrating the outcome

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of a televised Premier League football match.

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We asked him to recall what happened that night.

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I was drinking, but I wasn't drunk. I can remember it all, like.

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We were just happy. We were messing about after... Doing no harm, like.

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And up to this point, Leo had never been arrested.

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When a hooded member of his group tries to touch

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a passing police van, it's Leo who pulls him away.

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Remember, it will be Leo who will be arrested for public disorder

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and the assault of a police officer.

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Given Leo's account and the CCTV footage, his solicitor

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didn't believe he had a case to answer,

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but when Conor Sally saw the police statements, they gave

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a very different and damning version of the events that night.

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It appeared to me that Leo's story was very close,

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if not identical, to the CCTV footage.

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And when we received the statement from the police, it became clear,

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at a very early stage, that there were

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several inconsistencies between what had happened on camera

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and what was in the police statements.

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In order to clearly demonstrate those inconsistencies,

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we have reconstructed the police version of events,

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using their signed statements.

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"These males were blocking the path of our police vehicle and made

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"no efforts to move as our vehicle approached."

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This account of people blocking the street is corroborated

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by two other officers. One of them, in his statement, said,

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"I observed a crowd of approximately 20 people on the road

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"and they covered the entire width of the road."

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The other officer, in his statement, said,

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"the 15-20 males were making it impossible for traffic

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"to move along the road."

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But the CCTV footage appears to show only a couple of males actually

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walk into the middle of the street.

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And we counted six vehicles driving past.

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The following is from the statement of one of the officers

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involved in the incident, describing the movement

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of a fellow officer, who was later involved in the punch.

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"He had his arms spread wide with his hands open."

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But from two different camera angles that doesn't appear to be the case.

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The officer involved in the punch had this to say in his statement.

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"I escorted the males over to the footpath.

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"As I did this, the group became hostile,

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"shouting and swearing at myself. Then, a male, I now know to be

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"Leo McCullagh, shouted at me, "Go fuck yourself.

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"Don't fucking touch me."

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"I warned Mr McCullagh to calm down and get off the road.

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"However, he pushed my chest with both hands."

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But hold on.

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What can be seen from the CCTV footage is that one, or both,

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of Leo's hands are always visible, which is in conflict

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with the police officer's statement.

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"I took control by holding him by the shoulders and pushed him back

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"off the road."

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What the officer doesn't note is that the he pushes Leo

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against a parked taxi, so hard the taxi shakes.

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And it's now the crucial incident occurs.

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Leo denies punching the officer.

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He says he was pushing the officer away.

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Did you punch at him?

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When he pushed me against the taxi, I pushed him off me.

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You can clearly see there that I pushed him off me.

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Even in court, when confronted with CCTV evidence,

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the officer continued to insist his version of events was correct.

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The police officer that alleged that he had been punched on the nose

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was quite adamant, upon watching

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the CCTV, maybe, up to 20 times in court.

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He was still adamant that he had been punched and it appeared the mood

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within the court appeared to be that, perhaps, he was the only officer

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that believed that.

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Journalist Ryan McAleer has been covering Omagh Court for years.

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Of course, doing court duty, you see police officers cross examined,

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but the presence

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of the CCTV and the fact they were able to use it,

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juxtaposed with their defence statement.

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I mean, I don't think I've seen a police testimony dismantled as well,

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or to such an extent, before.

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The CCTV footage of Leo's arrest played a key role in the courtroom.

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After hearing police officers being cross examined,

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as pictures were shown in the court, the PPS made a crucial decision.

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They decided not to proceed any further with the case

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and the judge dismissed all the charges.

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Incredibly, as Spotlight has discovered,

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the PPS brought this case solely on the police statements and without

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even looking at the evidence provided by the CCTV footage.

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We had asked for CCTV footage from police and it only came

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at a very late stage. We had already

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taken the decision to prosecute. That is something for us to learn.

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But if the case asked questions about the decision-making

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of the PPS, it raised more serious questions

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about the reliability of the evidence of police officers.

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Had it not been for CCTV, this might never have been revealed.

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I think it was apparent to everyone in the court

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and, most importantly, the judge, who has the final decision,

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that the evidence given by police just simply wasn't consistent

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with what had happened on camera.

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Policing expert Stuart Kirby said the police accounts of the crowd

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blocking the road appear to come directly from standard

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police training on how to resolve conflict.

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By saying the road is blocked, there is

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a clear reason to engage with the crowd.

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What the officer says is he notices the officer go towards the group

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and use his open hands to gently push the males off the road.

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Now, this would be consistent with the conflict-resolution model.

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Doubts about the credibility of police evidence were also raised

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again six months later, on New Year's Day this year,

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with the arrest of two Omagh teenagers.

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Emmet Donnelly and Mark Meenan agreed to talk us through

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their arrests and their night in a police cell.

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I wasn't too happy, waking up in a cell, like.

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-You'd never had any arrests or any trouble?

-Never.

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I went home the next day and told my mum, you know,

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but she didn't know what to think of it, at all.

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On the night he was arrested,

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Emmet Donnelly saw police intervene in a fight.

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That is Emmet in a white shirt highlighted in the bottom left

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of your screen.

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He is stopped by a police constable, who wanted to question him.

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It's difficult to make out exactly what happened next,

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but what can be seen clearly, on the left of your screen,

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is the police officer used what he called a "controlled headlock".

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-There's the headlock there.

-Yeah.

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And then he says that he told you to calm down.

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Aye, I was telling him here I'd done nothing wrong

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and then a couple more cops get involved.

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Emmet's handcuffed and, as he's led away,

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Mark Meenan, highlighted here on the right of your screen,

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comes into contact with a police officer. The officer stated...

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Mark Meenan's recollection is somewhat different.

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He says he was grabbed by the officer and he believes

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the CCTV supports his version of events.

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They took Emmet away there and I went over to talk to him

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and then I was grabbed by the throat.

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The policemen say that you blocked their path,

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that you were trying to block their path and stop them

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from taking Emmet away. Would you agree with that?

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Not really, no, I wasn't trying to block the path.

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I was only trying to talk to Emmet.

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And what did you say to Emmet?

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Tiocfaidh ar la. Good man, Emmet. Tiocfaidh ar la.

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Do you think that was regarded by them as provocative?

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It probably would be, aye.

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The teenagers were charged with disorderly behaviour,

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assaulting police and resisting arrest.

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In court, District Judge Bernie Kelly was again asked

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to compare CCTV footage of the arrests

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with the police evidence presented

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in statements and courtroom testimony.

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We've reconstructed the court hearing.

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When the CCTV was played in court,

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police officers accepted the defence contention that,

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in a number of areas,

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their police statements did not match the pictures.

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The CCTV was used to get the officers to agree

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a number of issues on the CCTV that hadn't occurred

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and, therefore, that left the judge in some degree of doubt.

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In court, the judge said she had difficulty with

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the memory of the senior officer,

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but most damning of all was the word she used

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to describe the police evidence in the case.

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She told the court it was "tainted".

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Judge Kelly accepted that the CCTV images contradicted

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the police version of events and she threw out the case.

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For these two teenagers, the entire experience has done nothing

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to increase their trust in the police.

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It doesn't change my views at all on the police.

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I had very little faith in them before and now, after that,

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I have got nothing at all, like.

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SDLP policing spokesperson Dolores Kelly

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says this lack of trust among some young people in Omagh

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is the result of contentious policing.

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It actually brings, again, a breach in trust with the like of myself,

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who is a policing board member,

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somebody who stood on the lines in republican and nationalist areas

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and went into some of the heartlands and encouraged people

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to have confidence in the new beginning to policing.

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If, as a consequence of cases like these,

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where it appears there is a breach in the public's trust in police,

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then it could be argued that where there is no CCTV footage, it becomes

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very difficult to rely solely on police statements and evidence.

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In January 2013, Anthony and Shona Kirk

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were putting their children to bed

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when Shona thought she heard a knock at the door.

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When she looked out, she saw the police outside.

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Thought it would be for Anthony, got up, I...

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He came to the front door, opened up the door...

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The dog came to run by him. He reached down and grabbed the dog.

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He called the dog every name under the sun.

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But police statements accused the Kirks of shouting and swearing

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from their front door, not at the dog, but at them.

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The Kirks said they were about to lock up

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when suddenly the front door was pushed open.

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Went like that there to put the handle up.

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Next thing, door comes flying open, I go flying across like this.

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The police officer came in, grabbed me by the hair,

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had me by the throat like this. Then I shouted to get his...hands off me.

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Anthony came flying out the door...

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But the police version of events is entirely different.

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In statements,

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they say they tried to speak to Anthony Kirk at the front door

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and had to put their foot in the door as the Kirks tried to close it.

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Anthony Kirk maintains

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that one officer first attacked his wife in the house

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and so he moved to rescue her.

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I just grabbed him, swung him away.

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There was no need for them to come in and assault my wife.

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But it was the Kirks who were charged with assault.

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However, the case was thrown out because,

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as their solicitor, Michael Fahy, explains,

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the judge ruled the police had no legal right to enter their home.

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It is very clear on the evidence of the officers that they had

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-no legal entitlement to enter that property.

-And the judge agreed.

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After dismissing all the charges against Anthony and Shona Kirk,

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the judge called for the police officers involved in the case

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to be brought before her.

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I want you officers to take a note of what I am about to say.

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She went on to say that what Anthony and Shona Kirk had suffered,

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which involved the imposition of handcuffs, leg restraints,

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being kneeled upon,

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she regarded this very seriously indeed

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and went so far as to say

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that officers cannot do so without the lawful authority

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and she believed that they did not have the lawful authority.

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Six months later, Michael Fahy was asked to represent

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43-year-old Devin O'Reilly and his wife, Tracey.

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They had been charged with disorderly behaviour,

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obstruction, assault and resisting arrest.

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Michael Fahy said before this, the O'Reilly's had never had

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so much as a parking ticket.

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A totally law-abiding couple, two persons who are in employment,

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they are married, they have children.

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They both work and I suppose, like anybody else,

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they enjoy a night out at the weekend.

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But other than that, they certainly wouldn't be within

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the eye of local police at all.

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Omagh's CCTV captured the moment last November

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that two police officers

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jumped from the car to sprint to the entrance

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of the Irish National Foresters Club at closing time.

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They wanted to speak to Mr O'Reilly

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who was standing outside the club after a night out with his wife.

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He'd been drinking in this club

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and had come outside at 2.30 in the morning

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and had tried to wave down a taxi,

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except it wasn't a taxi, it was a police car.

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One of the officers inside believed that Mr O'Reilly

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had made a rude gesture by giving the police the finger.

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One constable involved in the arrest told the court

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he had not seen any gesture, but had jumped out of his car

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to follow his colleague in the direction of Mr O'Reilly.

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Reporter Ronan McSherry was in court that day.

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The constable subsequently said that he didn't see Mr O'Reilly

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making any sign at all,

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that he was just going by the reaction of his colleague,

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-so maybe I'll just refer to my note here...

-Yes, please do.

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The constable didn't see anything but went and grabbed Mr O'Reilly.

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He says he didn't know why they were stopping,

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but he knew by his colleague's body language that he wasn't going to

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ask Mr O'Reilly how his day had been.

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And the CCTV footage had yet another secret to reveal.

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This is Devin O'Reilly being dragged to a police car,

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accused of assaulting police and resisting arrest.

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It's totally unacceptable.

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I find it difficult to be critical of the police,

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but seeing it does shock me. I wouldn't have expected that.

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I likened it to an individual being dragged from a war zone.

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In Devin O'Reilly's court case, there was much confusion

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about his alleged rude gesture to police.

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The court heard that one officer had put in his first statement

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that Mr O'Reilly had used his index finger.

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But then he made a second statement to make it clear

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he had meant to type middle finger.

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The District Judge was very quick

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to say that this was far from a typographical error.

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I don't believe that any adult cannot

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tell the difference between the middle and index finger.

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I have a five-year-old granddaughter that knows the difference.

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After hearing the police officers present their evidence,

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which included two of them admit to punching Mr O'Reilly

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while he was on the ground with a policeman's knee in his face,

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the Judge delivered a damning verdict on the police evidence.

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I take it as a foray into a fairytale I've just been spun.

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And there was just one other strange aspect to the Devin O'Reilly case.

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It's also evident as well that after he was placed into the police car,

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he was taken home.

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They didn't take him to the police station?

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Didn't take him to the police station.

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If an individual has injuries of any visible nature, then ordinarily

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what officers do is that they have the person examined

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by a forensic medical officer.

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In his statement, an officer explained what happened

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when they drove Mr O'Reilly to his home.

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If they were going to proceed with a prosecution,

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why not take him to the station and charge him?

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You know, because why take him home?

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If the whole row was that he had allegedly attempted to stop a taxi,

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clearly he wanted to go home.

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Ironically, the very police car that Devin O'Reilly tried to hail

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as a taxi could have been the one that took him home.

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The Omagh cases didn't just focus attention on the actions

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of the police.

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Criticism was also made of the role of the Public Prosecution Service,

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the PPS, because it's their decision

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whether or not a case should be brought before the courts

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for prosecution.

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In the case of Devin O'Reilly, the judge was very damning

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of the prosecution.

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In referring to the role of the Public Prosecution Service

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in bringing the case to court, she had this to say...

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The prosecution case is so flawed

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that no jury could return a guilty verdict.

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A police file at its conclusion is always forwarded onto

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the Public Prosecution Service,

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who then decide whether the case has merit to proceed.

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So really I don't think the PPS are without any criticism here either,

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because they are supposed to act as a buffer as regards

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unmeritorious cases, and they're supposed to weed out cases

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like this and make sure they don't ever get to court.

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So we put these criticisms to the Public Prosecution Service.

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These cases, the CCTV has been used in the public court.

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I've got the cases here on this laptop.

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Will you look at these pictures with me and talk about it?

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I don't think it would be appropriate for me to look at them now, Chris.

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I'm certainly willing to review those cases,

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cos I've already looked at some of them.

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OK, let me ask you a question then about a specific case,

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the case of Leo McCullagh.

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Have you had a chance to look at that footage?

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I haven't looked at that footage.

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I have looked at, there's been some clips on YouTube.

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That is one of the cases where I am concerned about the CCTV footage

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that was available to police not being made available to us

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till a very late stage.

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When you say not available till a very late stage...

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We had taken the decision to prosecute without

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looking at that footage.

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-In hindsight is that a mistake?

-Absolutely.

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But could you have avoided taking people to court?

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Yes, if we had seen the CCTV footage, I think the case you are referring to

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is one where we didn't see it till a late stage,

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and that is obviously of regret

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and something I will ensure does not reoccur in situations like this.

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I think it probably could have been avoided if the prosecutor had seen

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that evidence if it had been provided by police

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at an earlier stage.

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So let's be clear.

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What the PPS have just told us

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is that the Leo McCullagh case would not have gone to court at all

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had prosecutors in their Omagh office looked at the CCTV evidence.

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What have you learned from this whole experience, then?

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You can't trust the police.

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Not all police maybe, but

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there's a lot of them you can't trust.

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What happens in situations like this is that the public look at it

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and they think the police shouldn't be able to use that force,

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it's not reasonable, it's not correct.

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So what happens is the confidence of the public goes down

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in the police and they're trusted less.

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Now, what happens then is the public are less likely to co-operate

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with the police.

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Because the public co-operate less, ring in less,

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what then happens is that the police have got to be more authoritative.

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So they've got to intervene more,

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they've got to use more of their authority than by using consent.

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And what happens then is you go into this spiral where police

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and community interactions just go down and down and down.

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There's no doubt the image of Omagh police has been tarnished,

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and the Divisional Commander has concerns about damage

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going beyond his area.

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In all the pieces of footage which I have viewed with you,

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I have to be honest, on the face of them,

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they all look absolutely horrendous. They do not present

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Omagh police in any way shape or form in a good light.

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I do have concerns, not just about the perception which is generated

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within one community or another community.

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But in the whole perception of PSNI as a whole

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as a professional organisation

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by the actions of the few may be called into question.

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Up until the emergence of CCTV you would have had a client

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coming in saying he was involved with police,

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he's been charged with assault on police,

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but he's no prospect of winning this case cos it's his word against

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say, up to four or five officers,

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but now we have the assistance of CCTV.

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CCTV footage will be reviewed by the Police Ombudsman,

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who says he will pay particular attention to the Omagh police cases.

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I set up the team which is co-ordinating the complaints

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and co-ordinating the investigations into those complaints,

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and I will be reviewing those cases on an ongoing basis

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as a result of the interest that I've taken in relation to this.

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When we invited individual officers involved in the CCTV incidents

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and who are still on duty to take part in this film,

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the PSNI said they couldn't

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because of the Police Ombudsman's investigation

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and an internal review.

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But Dolores Kelly will be demanding immediate action

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be taken by the PSNI.

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I believe that the new chief constable has a job of work to do

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to send an investigating team into there to find out what exactly

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has been going on, both in terms of the actions of police

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during the disturbance and the subsequent preparation of files

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for the prosecution service.

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The policing board meeting is on the 5th of June,

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and I for one will be asking questions of Matt Baggott

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in relation to the investigation and behaviour of the officers concerned.

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So, many questions in this age of ever-present cameras.

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As a result of a judge rejecting some police evidence,

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there is now wider fall-out from the Omagh cases,

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including the extent to which public trust has been eroded.

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CCTV footage contradicting police accounts led to a district judge dismissing public order cases and labelling the evidence a fairytale. Chris Moore examines the implications.


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