‘Your day is coming, you will be stripped of that uniform, you will be stripped of your pension and your job’, that was the vitriol of abuse suffered by a member of An Garda Síochána at a COVID-19 checkpoint this week.
The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors has strongly condemned the abuse and vitriol faced by an Association member at a COVID-19 Garda checkpoint today in Dublin.
AGSI General Secretary, Antoinette Cunningham says the policing of the country in the fight to protect public health is the sole purpose of the current emergency policing plan.
“In a video shared on social media, and which has had over 122,000 views to date, the AGSI member is subjected to abuse and threats. It is totally unacceptable, and we condemn this behaviour in the strongest possible terms. The threatening and abusive behaviour the Garda Sergeant was subjected to, crossed the line of acceptable questioning of our role in this public health crisis.
Antoinette Cunningham says the AGSI will write to the Garda Commissioner to express its deep concern about the matter, and added “threats such as ‘this is coming to an end very soon’ and ‘you will be reminded who is in charge and who are your masters’ and abuse such as ‘you are a disgrace to this country’ is despicable behaviour towards frontline members playing a crucial public health role – members who are putting their own lives at risk.”