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Report of the The Bloody Sunday Inquiry
- Volume III - Chapter 44



Conclusions on the treatment of those arrested in Sector 2

Chapter 44: Conclusions on the treatment of those arrested in Sector 2

44.1 On the basis of the evidence we have considered, there were instances where soldiers used excessive force when arresting people in the Eden Place waste ground, as well as seriously assaulting them for no good reason while in their custody. We consider such conduct to be unjustifiable. It suggests to us, rather than that a few individuals overstepped the mark in isolated cases, that such behaviour was closer to the norm than the exception among soldiers of 1 PARA. To our minds this view is reinforced not only by what we regard as the unjustified use of baton guns, but also by other instances of the treatment by 1 PARA soldiers of civilians, which we consider elsewhere in this report.1

1 Chapters 66, 160 and 161