Complaint rejected against RUC/PSNI officer who threatened to shoot motorist

The Police Ombudsman has rejected a complaint against officer who threatened to shoot motorist.

THE Police Ombudsman has rejected a complaint by a member of the public against a police officer who admitted threatening to shoot the complainant.

The man complained to the watchdog of “oppressive behaviour” towards him as he attempted to collect his son from a concert on the Boucher Road.

He at first tried to park in a closed-off slip road before attempting to turn into a lane blocked off by a police Land Rover.

He said the officer grabbed him by the arms and stuck his knuckles into his throat causing bruising under his chin which had been confirmed by the Mater Hospital.

However, ombudsman investigators, who interviewed the officer and took accounts from members of the public and other police officers, reviewed Body Worn (BWV) video footage of the incident and rejected the man’s complaint.

The officer denied any wrongdoing but admitted to threatening to shoot after the complainant had driven towards him. He said his actions were necessary due to the man’s “aggressive demeanour” and his failure to heed police instructions.

A report was also sent to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) which directed no prosecution of the officer.

With many thanks to: The Irish News for the origional story.