PSNI brands dis­si­dents ‘drug deal­ers’ over threat to Catholics

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY GARETH CROSS

PO­LICE have branded a dis­si­dent repub­li­can group ‘drug deal­ers’ af­ter it said Catholics who join the PSNI would “never be safe”.

Ear­lier this week it was re­vealed that Catholic po­lice of­fi­cers in North­ern Ire­land are not sent to their home com­mu­ni­ties due to the threat from dis­si­dent repub­li­can ter­ror­ists.

Two Catholic PSNI con­sta­bles, Stephen Car­roll and Ro­nan Kerr, have been killed by dis­si­dents, while a third, Peadar Hef­fron, was maimed in a car bomb­ing.

The Newry branch of dis­si­dent repub­li­can group Sao­radh postPSNI’s ed on­line that Catholics that join the PSNI are “the en­emy” and be­come “strangers and out­siders”.

“They will never again be wel­come or safe in the com­mu­nity they were once part of and rightly so,” it wrote.

In re­sponse the PSNI said Sao­radh con­sid­ers po­lice the en­emy be­cause “why would they want their drug run­ners ar­rested?”

“Why would they want vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple pro­tected when they can ex­ploit them and push them into vi­o­lence which, af­ter all, they have stated is ‘right’ against us? Why would they want vi­o­lent of­fend­ers and do­mes­tic abusers ar­rested when it would just dec­i­mate their num­bers?” of­fi­cers wrote on the Craigavon Face­book page. The PSNI out­lined ways in which po­lice had worked to help the Craigavon com­mu­nity.

“It’s a re­ally clear choice — you can stand with these groups, who of­fer noth­ing but to drag us back, or you can move along with the other 99% of the com­mu­nity,” the post said. “You can work with us to com­bat drug deal­ing, bur­glary, scams and ex­ploita­tion of the el­derly, child abuse, drink driv­ing, do­mes­tic abuse, men­tal health con­cerns and the rest of it.

“Don’t lis­ten to their drivel. Don’t lis­ten to their lies.

“Oc­ca­sion­ally they let the mask slip like they have done here, and you see them for ex­actly what they are.”

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