ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 15, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Belfast, North Ireland) Funeral here today for Sean Downes, killed during police attack on demonstrators recently, featured; films shown. [Father Sean McCARTNEY - considers police assault and methods highly unjustified.] No. killed in 15 year struggle mentioned. Possibility that Downes provoked police attack examined through films of police assault. [Constable Cahal RAMSEY - claims Downes attacked officers first.] Police use of plastic bullets reviewed; criticism of police misuse of such bullets discussed. [Ulster Defense Association spokesperson John McMICHAEL - claims police have been forced into assuming role of army rather than police force.] No. killed in past decade by plastic bullets mentioned.
REPORTER: Bill Redeker
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