Beano spotted this. And there apears to be only one report that I can find of it. A Sinn Féin MLA, Fra McCann, was arrested on Saturday evening for disorderly behaviour and assault of police after an incident during which, by his own admission, “I tried to put myself between one of the officers and the girl [who seems to have been arrested for attempted robbery] when the police officer radioed for assistance.” That’s not the kind of involvement in policing some had in mind.
His version of events:
Fra McCann was walking home from the town centre at approximately 7.30pm on Saturday when he noticed an incident near Divis Street.
“I saw two police officers, one man and one woman, manhandling a young girl aged about 14 or 15 at the railings of the Morning Star hostel,” said Mr McCann.
“I approached them and said there was no need to be so aggressive as the girl was hysterical.”
“I tried to put myself between one of the officers and the girl when the police officer radioed for assistance.”
While the police had this to say:
The PSNI confirmed they were at the scene but didn’t respond to the accusation of heavy-handedness.
“Police received reports of an incident at around 7.40pm on Saturday.
“Police arrived at the scene to find an altercation was taking place between a group of young people.
“One female was arrested for attempted robbery.
“While police were at the scene, a number of other people became involved.
“A 53-year-old man was arrested for disorderly behaviour and assault of police.
“He has since been released on bail.”