GSOC open investigation into video featuring Garda and protesters

GSOC have opened an investigation
GSOC have opened an investigation

The Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission have formally opened an investigation into a video posted online involving a member of the force.

The video, which you can view here, was taken at an anti-NAMA protest in Wexford and shows a garda striking a protester with a retractable baton.

Now GSOC have made a brief statement on the matter.

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission has opened an investigation into events seen in a video on social media, which appears to show the policing of a protest at a property auction in Gorey, Co. Wexford.

The Commission is of the opinion that the public interest is best served by an independent investigation of this matter. This decision is taken in accordance with section 102(4) of the Garda Síochána Act 2005.
GSOC is appealing for anyone who may have been present and witnessed the events, or anyone with information which may assist the investigation, to contact them on 1890 600 800.