Shocking footage that appears to show police placing a woman on a bus lane on John Street has been uncovered by the Derry Journal.
The video which was published on a local man’s facebook site last night appears to have been shot from a flat on the street.
It shows police officers take a woman who appears to be unconscious, from the main road, and leave her on a bus lane.
Just minutes later a bus pulls up at the lane - but thankfully the driver spots the woman and doesn’t pull in.
Comments on the facebook site include ‘That’s madness’ and ‘shocking they put her on to a bus lane.’
It’s understood that shortly after the video was taken the woman was helped to safety by two men.
The PSNI say the incident has been referred to the Police Ombudsman.
“The Police Service of Northern Ireland expects its staff to behave professionally, ethically and with the utmost integrity at all times.
Any conduct, whether on or off duty, which brings discredit on the Police Service will be investigated.
“This matter has been referred to the Police Ombudsman and we will fully support their investigation,” a PSNI spokesman said.
SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan said he is “shocked and appalled” at the footage. He called for the officers to be “disciplined appropriately and moreover the PSNI are forthcoming with information about the incident to ensure the local community is given an explanation and this poor girl is given, at least, a full apology.”
“I am horrified after watching the video this morning of PSNI officers dragging a young girl into a bus stop on Johns Street and leaving her laying there on the road. Not only are these actions dangerous and irresponsible they are completely inhumane. I feel for the family of this girl. How can we believe that our young people are safe in our local community, when those who are charged with protecting them fall so far short of basic expectations?”
“I am extremely disappointed in these officers. After culture year, we have seen excellent community engagement between the PSNI and local people. No doubt this footage will have shaken public confidence in the police service and created significant anger across the city.”
Sinn Féin councillor and member of the Police and Community Safety Partnership Elisha McCallion said “I have viewed the video it’s shocking and totally unacceptable. I have also been contacted by members of the public angered by this.
“We have requested an urgent meeting with senior members of the PSNI in Derry,” she said.
A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Policing Board said:“Whilst the circumstances surrounding this incident are not yet clear, video footage of the police response raises questions of the most serious nature.
“The Board and the public rightly expect the highest professional standards of all of our police officers and anything that falls short of that is simply unacceptable.
“The Board has been informed by the PSNI that the matter has been referred to the Police Ombudsman for independent investigation.”