Derry families slam PSNI reviews decision

Erne Thompson, Minty Thompson and Patricia Murphy.  (DER3613JB030)
Erne Thompson, Minty Thompson and Patricia Murphy. (DER3613JB030)
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Bereaved families in the city have reacted angrily to revelations that the PSNI will now review 13 historical military killings.

Police have been accused of “arrogance and gross insensitivity” by Derry’s Pat Finucane Centre.

Paul O’Connor of the PFC said: “The DNA of the PSNI is inextricably linked to the DNA of the RUC which was central to the original illegal cover-up of British Army killings between 1970 and 1973... If we are to fix what is broken there must be independence from the PSNI.”

It’s thought that the case of murdered Creggan mother-of-six Kathleen Thompson - shot dead by a British soldier in 1971 - may be among those to be reviewed by PSNI. Her daughter Minty has described this as “unacceptable”.

“The RUC failed to investigate the murder of our mother in the first place. Why should we have any confidence in a review carried out by the PSNI? We are seeking urgent legal advice.”

Emmett McConomy, whose 11 year-old brother Stephen was killed by a British soldier in Derry in 1982, said that the Chief Constable “is making the biggest mistake of his career.”

Marjorie Roddy, whose uncle William McGreanery was shot dead by a British soldier in Derry 1971 said: “What we need and deserve is a completely independent review of cases that have been completed.

“We have no faith whatsoever in a PSNI paper exercise.”