Thursday 29 June 2017

Gardai are there to serve the public – the thin blue line needs to be on the frontline

Clint Eastwood in 'Dirty Harry', not necessarily the best role model for civic minded policing.
Clint Eastwood in 'Dirty Harry', not necessarily the best role model for civic minded policing.
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

Out for a mid-evening stroll in suburbia recently, I had an unwelcome encounter of the 'I fought the law and the law won' variety. While I was crossing a side road, a fast-moving vehicle appeared out of nowhere and slammed on its brakes in front of me. The first I knew of its arrival was a blaring horn.

Startled, I stopped walking, and saw a furious man behind the wheel gesticulating at me to get out of his way. I was halfway across the side road – I hadn't just stepped out – and protested: "I was here first."

He glared, and whacked on a siren – at which point I realised he was a plainclothes cop. I had no choice but to jump aside, but I felt bullied.

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