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‘Justice for George’ Protesters gather outside Blanchardstown garda station over death of George Nkencho

Protesters could be heard chanting “how many people Garda must kill?” and “Justice for George."

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People protest against the shooting of George Nkencho outside Blanchardstown Garda station this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin

People protest against the shooting of George Nkencho outside Blanchardstown Garda station this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin

George Nkencho

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People protest against the shooting of George Nkencho outside Blanchardstown Garda station this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin

Around 200 people are protesting outside Blanchardstown Garda Station this morning over the death of George Nkencho.

The 27-year-old was shot in the garden of his home by gardaí in west Dublin at around 12.35pm yesterday and was later pronounced dead in hospital.

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) is investigating the fatal shooting at Manorsfields Drive, close to Hartstown.

The protestors chanted “How many people Garda must kill?” and “Justice for George."

At 11am the road outside Blanchardstown Garda station remained closed on both sides by Gardaí who are diverting traffic.

Protestor JK Onwumereh said the community is angry, disgusted and that they want a fair and thorough investigation into the details of Mr Nkenchos death.

"The community organised this protest, it’s spontaneous. Obviously, we are commiserating with the family,” Mr Onwumereh said.

"The expectation is to express how the community feels – but also to state very clearly that we don’t think what happened has a place within this community in the general sense.

“We want justice to be done. So, we want a thorough investigation into the incident in question because there are a lot of grey areas and things that people don’t understand.

“We want a very fair investigation and if anybody is found culpable, if anyone is found to have overreached themselves or done stuff they shouldn't have done obviously we want the full cause of the law to take its course.”

Mr Onwumereh said that in his opinion it is the first time something like this has happened, and he is surprised by it.

“All the years I have lived here in Ireland I haven't heard about the police actually doing this,” he said.

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"People are angry because a life was lost. Despite everything that has happened this year with Covid, George Floyd and mental health issues, with the whole Covid experience you would have thought there was a better way of handling this.

"There is something really that went wrong, something has definitely gone wrong.”

Last night, senior sources said the decision by an officer from the Armed Support Unit (ASU) to fire shots was because the highly-trained garda believed there was an “imminent threat to life”.

“He had been pepper sprayed and tasered but when this did not work, the use of lethal force became necessary. There were concerns that he could kill someone,” a senior source said.

Gardai are “very conscious” of the “major tension” that has been caused in the Dublin 15 community and other communities after George Nkencho was shot dead and have put in place a special policing

“Engagement with the communities is the first step here... one of the main aims of the policing plan is to try and ensure that things don’t flare up into violence,” the source explained.

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