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Bridget Mongan who was left lying prone in a Derry bus lane wants cops who left her there sacked

Northern IrelandBy Jamie McDowell
Bridget Mongan who was left lying on the road by the PSNI
Bridget Mongan who was left lying on the road by the PSNI
Police leave woman lying in a bus lane
Police leave woman lying in a bus lane

This is the face of the young woman left lying on the road in Derry by the PSNI.

Bridget Mongan (23) said that she "could have been killed" after police were filmed leaving her lying inebriated in the middle of a bus lane. 

Ms Mongan admits that she was drunk at the time and can't remember the incident happening, but says she was reduced to tears after watching the video.

She said: "I don't remember how I ended up lying on the road. I don't remember a whole lot. From what I remember, the officers didn't say anything to me before they left.

"I was drunk, yes, but they could've at least left me on the footpath. It's out of order, it's as simple as that.

"It's not their job to do that. I cried when I saw the footage. I am a human being you know."

"They should lose their job now."

The Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland has launched and investigation into the incident which was captured on video in Derry city. 

The video shows two PSNI officers lifting the woman from the middle of the road in busy John Street. She was left lying in a bus lane, incapacitated and motionless, while the police drove off.

The video surfaced on Youtube yesterday. Police and political reaction was prompt.

Assistant Chief Constable George Hamilton  said police chiefs were ‘seriously concerned’ at first view of the video. 

He said the cops’ alleged behaviour was "well below the standards we expect from our officers in dealing with vulnerable people, whether the vulnerability is due to alcohol or anything else."

The PSNI has said the two officers involved have now been identified and two investigators have been appointed to the case. 

Stormont Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness went on Twitter saying what the video showed was "totally unacceptable." 

The Derry politician claimed it showed two police officers "failing to ensure the safety of an incapacitated woman on a public highway."

Yesterday,another top cop, Chief Superintendent Stephen Cargin, stated: “As soon as we saw it with referred it to the police Ombudsman.”

He said the police were still trying to identify the officers involved, as he "only knew about it (the video) this morning."

He added: “I expect my officers to do their utmost to serve the community. Sources in Derry say the video was recorded on Monday, while the city celebrated St. Patrick’s Day."

There were claims that the woman had been the victim of an assault. Local Stormont Assemblyman Mark H Durkan blasted: “Not only are these (police) actions dangerous and irresponsible, they are completely inhumane.

“We need to ensure those responsible are disciplined appropriately….and this poor girl is given, at least, a full apology.”

 A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Policing Board said: "Whilst the circumstances surrounding this incident are not yet clear, video footage of the police response raises questions of the most serious nature.

"The board and the public rightly expect the highest professional standards of all of our police officers and anything that falls short of that is simply unacceptable."

"The board has been informed by the PSNI that the matter has been referred to the Police Ombudsman for independent investigation."