Gardaí have no right to look into shopping bags at Covid-19 checkpoints

Garda Commissioner also tells Policing Authority spit hoods should not be used on minors

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said that  not only were some suspects spitting at the Garda during the Covid-19 crisis period, they were biting the inside of their mouth first resulting in saliva and blood being spat at some gardaí. Photograph:   Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said that not only were some suspects spitting at the Garda during the Covid-19 crisis period, they were biting the inside of their mouth first resulting in saliva and blood being spat at some gardaí. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Gardaí had no right to look into people’s shopping bags as they checked if people were complying with Covid-19 regulations but armed Garda members would continue to be used at checkpoints, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has said.

He has also revealed that not only were some suspects spitting at the Garda during the Covid-19 crisis period, they were biting the inside of their mouth first resulting in saliva and blood being spat at some gardaí.

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