Protesters have gathered outside a police station after armed officials shot a black man in Dublin.
George Nkencho died after being shot at least three times by armed Gardai outside the house in the village of Clonee on the outskirts of Dublin yesterday.
People are calling for justice after the 27-year-old’s death and have announced that for the next 14 days they will peacefully gather in front of Blanchardstown Garda train station every day from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Dr. Adewale Kuyebi, a pastor with the Christ Apostolic Church, urged the crowd, “To make our voice heard, we must come together.”
He said Dublin Live: “People are angry. The youngsters are very, very angry.
“We as parents and managers now want to shape our actions constructively.”
Mr Nkencho received on-site paramedics before being taken to Connolly Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Gardai had previously responded to reports of a man brandishing a knife at a nearby Eurospar and post office in Hartstown, where a salesman was injured.
A Garda spokesperson said yesterday: “At around 12:15 pm today, December 30, 2020, Gardaí was responding to reports of a public order incident involving a man in his late twenties armed with a knife in Hartstown Shopping Center.
“A male employee suffered facial injuries during an incident at EuroSpar’s offices in Hartstown Shopping Center and is currently receiving medical attention at Connolly Memorial Hospital.
“Subsequently, a second public order incident was reported to the Post Office in Hartstown Shopping Center.
“Unarmed, unarmed Gardai responded to the scene and observed a man in possession of a knife. The man continued to threaten members of the public and unarmed Gardai with the knife.
Gardai followed the man on foot and in vehicles from Hartstown Shopping Center towards Manorsfields Drive, Dublin 15.
“During this time, Gardai occupied himself with the man and encouraged him to drop the gun.
“Members of the Armed Support Unit came to a scene in Manorfields Drive, Dublin 15.
“The armed support force was also threatened with a knife and carried out a phased response, initially using less lethal force options (Taser and OC spray) to resolve the incident.
“The less lethal use of options for violence was unsuccessful.
“At around 12:35 pm, a member of the armed support unit fired a series of shots from his official firearm, which shot the male.
“The man was treated on site by paramedics from the Garda Armed Support Unit and paramedics from the Dublin Fire Brigade and taken to Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown.
“The man was pronounced dead at Connolly Memorial Hospital.”
The incident is currently being investigated by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC), while a Garda investigation has opened into the events that led to the shootings.
The spokesman added: “Both investigations will continue simultaneously in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding, the Protocols and the Agreement on Operational Matters between the Ombudsman Commission of Garda Síochána and An Garda Síochána.”