Garda Ombudsman Commission to investigate 'pepper-spraying' incident in Dublin city

Probe: The Garda Ombudsman said they are opening an investigation
Probe: The Garda Ombudsman said they are opening an investigation

The Garda Ombudsman Commission has said they are opening an investigation into an alleged pepper-spraying incident in Dublin.

Footage emerged of a uniformed member of the police force allegedly using pepper spray on a handcuffed homeless man in the capital. 

The footage, which has been viewed over 40,000 times, appears to show the garda placing his foot on the homeless man’s knees before allegedly using his pepper spray. 

"The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission has decided to open an investigation into the above incident in accordance with section 102(4) of the Garda Síochána Act 2007," a statement released today said. 

"The Commission considers that this is desirable in the public interest. This decision is based on the information to hand from the Garda Síochána and the media."

DIT student Philip Campion, who posted the footage online, wrote:

“This happened on my way home from college yesterday its absolutely outrageous behaviour by a Garda on Henry Street Dublin.
“A poor homeless man was treated like an animal, when a Garda tried to arrest him he pushed him against the floor and pepper sprayed him right in the eyes when the poor man was clearly not making any sort of an attack or movement towards the Garda.
“He then stood there with his leg on the man as if the man was going to run somewhere.”