- 6 Jun 2005
Police say a large number of people had gathered to watch a swimming challenge at a County Down beach.
Swimmers were using the popular County Down spot when officers arrived and asked them to disperse.
Mr Murphy said after he came out of the sea and was getting changed he was approached by six police officers.
He said he had seen them from the water walking "systematically, approaching groups and threatening them with £200 fines".
"I pointed out we could be at Ikea or Tesco. They said: 'This is an organised event'. We pointed out this is not, this is people taking part in something healthy."
An online service is halted and a minister is incorrectly told he faces Covid-violation prosecution.
When the pastor tried to refer police to the government guidelines on the safe use of places of worship during the pandemic, and insisted what they were doing was legal, a further seven officers were called, the centre said.
Pastor Mateola said officers had "escalated" the situation "unnecessarily" and the service had to be halted as staff left the building.
The Christian Legal Centre said four days later on 24 November officers went to Pastor Mateola's home and informed him he was to be prosecuted for breaking government regulations.
I believe this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Do we have any police offers registered on this forum who can offer any explanation as to what is happening?
I find myself extremely worried by recent events. I want to support the police, I really do, but how can anyone justify what is happening to our country?
I personally don't support protests but if this sort of nonsense continues, then people are going to get increasingly angry, and you are going to get more protests, bigger protests and they are going to turn nasty. No-one wants that. But it seems some police offers do want that. I am sure it is a minority, but what is being done about that minority? I am deeply concerned. We all should be.