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NI officer at forefront of black police group says there's outrage at how PSNI handled anti-racism protests

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A Black Lives Matter protest in Belfast at the weekend

A Black Lives Matter protest in Belfast at the weekend

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A Black Lives Matter protest in Belfast at the weekend

A Northern Ireland man who heads up a UK group which advocates for black and ethnic minority police officers has said community leaders here are "absolutely livid" at the PSNI's handling of the anti-racism protests.

Andy George, who is vice-President of the National Black Police Association (NBPA), said authorities have not properly acknowledged the depth of passion felt by the people who gathered in Belfast and Londonderry for Black Lives Matter rallies.

The protests, held last weekend in honour of George Floyd, who died while being arrested in the US, have sparked controversy after around 70 protesters were issued fines under the current Covid-19 health legislation which prohibits gatherings of more than six people.