The family of a man believed to be the first black person shot dead by Irish police
have called for calm and unity, but they said they don’t believe race was the main factor.
The family also said they have been subjected to racial abuse, which Irish police are investigating.
George Nkencho, 27, was shot dead by Gardai at his home in Clonee, west Dublin, on
30 December 2020, leading to two weeks of angry protests.
Mr. Nkencho’s sister Gloria said a lack of training, not race, played the biggest part in the shooting.
“I think the main issue here is the training that the Gardai should’ve received in
dealing with this type of situation”, she said.
“There’s not enough training and not enough resources given to Gardai to deal with the vulnerable people of society, so I think that’s what should be looked at the moment.”
According to his family, Mr Nkencho, who was born in Nigeria but moved to Ireland with his family when he was seven, had suffered from mental health problems.