O'Dowd welcomes Police Ombudsman’s Office investigation into alleged assault
Sinn Féin MLA John O'Dowd has welcomed the Police Ombudsman's Office investigation into an incident involving the police which has left a young man in an induced coma in hospital. The incident took place on Sunday night in William Street Lurgan.
"Eye witnesses claim the young man was struck with a police baton. Then struck again as he lay on the ground.
"There is significant concern among the community regarding this incident.
"At this stage a number of witness statements have been recorded and I would call on anyone who witnessed the incident, including those who have video footage, to bring this forward to the ombudsman's offices as a matter of urgency.
"It is vitally important that the ombudsman's office sees all evidence, carries out a thorough investigation and delivers the truth behind the events which led to this young man’s terrible injuries.
"If officers did strike this young man they should be suspended from duty until all facts are known.”