13/08/2021

PSNI Called To Investigate Funeral Of James McWilliams

The PSNI has been urged to investigate events at the funeral of James McWilliams in Belfast.

DUP Policing Board member Trevor Clarke has made the call after a photograph was posted online allegedly showing a masked man firing shots over the coffin of the former INLA member outside St Peter's Cathedral on Divis Street.

Mr Clarke said: "These photographs not only show a uniformed 'guard' wearing berets and masks accompanying the coffin outside the church but also another masked man apparently firing shots over the coffin.
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"This is far from the first funeral where such events have taken place but unfortunately the PSNI have a dismal record when it comes to collecting evidence from them. Firstly the PSNI needs to state whether they were aware of this funeral taking place and had put any evidence gathering operation in place. They then need to state whether they are now going to open an investigation into this blatant terrorist display.

"We know very well of the full-scale policing operation that swung into operation against protests against the Northern Ireland Protocol where there were no weapons or paramilitary uniforms on display. Is the Chief Constable content to stand over such double standards?"



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