Response to PSNI

28th April 2005

Response to PSNI


family of Neil Mc Conville, shot dead by the PSNI on April 29th 2003,
will visit the Policing Board Headquarters in Belfast on Friday 29th
April at 11.00am to hand in a report on the killing for all its 19

In a statement prior to Friday the family Neil Mc Conville released the following statement through Relatives for Justice;

McConville (21) was killed by the PSNI near Upper Ballinderry, County
Antrim, on the 29th April 2003. Two years after his death we are still
awaiting a satisfactory account of what actually unfolded on that night.

killing of Neil raises serious questions about the conduct of the PSNI
on that fatal night – questions that remain unanswered. If anything the
version of event(s) offered by the PSNI is not consistent and is

‘A huge surveillance operation was in place
prior to the killing which involved the PSNI and a British army
helicopter. The operation in place was disproportionate to any alleged
threat and had all the hallmarks of the shoot-to-kill incidents that
characterised 3 decades of conflict yet Neil was not involved in any
organisation. However, members of the PSNI had threatened Neil, and
separately from this he had been warned by the PSNI that his life was
in danger shortly before his killing. He was the victim of PSNI

‘In our view the killing of Neil constitutes a
major Human Rights violation which remains to be properly addressed in
an open, transparent and accountable manner. This is a matter of public
interest and these concerns have also been raised by human rights NGO’s.

silence and inaction of Policing Board in relation to Neil’s killing
stands in stark contrast to other killings which do not involve the
PSNI and is disturbing raising questions about the honesty and
integrity of the Policing Board.

‘We feel that this silence is
more about securing support for policing rather than the will and
integrity to tackle the circumstances surrounding Neil’s killing
because it involves the PSNI and the implications the killing has for
future policing arrangements. It is therefore easier for the Policing
Board to bury their heads and pretend that this killing did not happen.
We are deeply disappointed by their lack of action and concern.

truth is that the Policing Board are putting the politics of policing
ahead of human rights and the protection of citizens. This has huge
implications for every citizen in this jurisdiction and makes a
complete mockery of a ‘new beginning to policing.’

‘The Police
Ombudsman has concluded its investigation and a report has been
forwarded to the DPP. The report of the Ombudsman relies heavily on
statements made by the PSNI. Independent evidence concerning a
computerised reconstruction of the killing and prior events was
generated without visiting the scene or examining the cars involved.

have been disillusioned and dissatisfied with the Ombudsman’s process
and have serious concerns with it. It did not involve the family or our
legal representatives. We believe that Neil could have been safely
apprehended and that there existed absolutely no justification for the
shooting. This was clearly an unnecessary use of lethal force. We
further feel that because of the nature and planning of the operation
that led to Neil’s killing that senior members of the PSNI are culpable
of corporate manslaughter. We simply want justice.’

Editors Notes : the family can be contacted vis RFJ

Mark Thompson
Relatives for Justice