Earlier today the Newsletter posted on Twitter the footage of Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly who was carried a short distance whilst clinging onto the bonnet of a PSNI land rover.
I – as I’m sure you were too – was initially shocked at the footage. The riotous shouting, coupled with a sense of confusion made for what does initially seem shocking behaviour by the PSNI.
However, lets deal in facts here.
Gerry Kelly was initially unhappy at the fact that a PSNI officer which he requested to pull over and explain why a young boy had been arrested did not do so. Therefore as a result of this, Gerry Kelly subsequently decided that he would obstruct a following Land Rover. Now, you cannot, no matter whom you may be, obstruct the PSNI. If you have a problem with the reasoning for an action by the PSNI there are mechanisms in place to deal with these issues.
Although I disagree with how the driver of the vehicle of the Land Rover which had Gerry Kelly on the bonnet acted, Gerry Kelly knew fine rightly the dangers he was putting himself in by standing in front of a moving vehicle and I doubt as to how much he believed that this would obtain the answers to which he was looking for.
Gerry Kelly is a smart man whether you like it or not and in the footage after the main incident Gerry Kelly demanded to speak to the PSNI officer whom was in charge. Now if Gerry Kelly had really wanted to find out more about why a young man had been arrested he should have known better than to block the passage of a PSNI vehicle and he should of done what he did after the incident and sought out the officer in charge who could have investigated Mr Kelly’s requests further.