SPEAKER: Joe Campbell, Belfast Child
Joe Campbell is the son of Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) Sergeant Joseph Campbell who was shot dead in February 1977 outside his police station in Cushendall, County Antrim, in Ireland.
The RUC was the police force in Northern Ireland during its most recent period of conflict, known as “The Troubles”. The RUC was predominantly Protestant with many members sympathetic to the goals and methods of Loyalist terrorists, and the ranks of the RUC had been infiltrated by Loyalist paramilitaries.
Joe’s father was murdered because he was a good cop who reported the illegal importation of arms, by Loyalists, to his RUC superiors who, the Campbell family believes, had him murdered by the notorious RUC Special Branch and MI5 agent, Robin Jackson, who was also present at The Miami Showband Massacre in 1975.
Nevertheless, true to the values of his late father, Joe has, from the very beginning, rejected all calls for retaliation against the perpetrators and continues to pursue justice through the courts with remarkable courage and dignity.
Joe is a founder and UK Ambassador and Events Coordinator for Truth and Reconciliation Platform (TaRP).
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