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Sinn Féin remain opposed to TASERS

10 January, 2008

Sinn Féin Policing Board member Daithí McKay has said that the party will monitor the pilot introduction of TASERs to the PSNI and that the party remained firmly opposed to their introduction.

Mr McKay said:

"Sinn Féin are opposed to the introduction of TASERs. The fact is that across the world the use of these weapons has led to many deaths. The PSNI has failed to demonstrate that it requires these potentially lethal weapons and we are very concerned at the decision to move ahead with the trial of TASERs here. There is a volume of evidence highlighting their lethal nature.

"In the North many of the Human Rights and Children's Rights groups have expressed serious concern about the use of TASERs particularly on young people, pregnant women and people with specific health conditions.

"We only have to look at the number of deaths and injuries caused by other 'less lethal' weapons favoured by the police such as Plastic Bullets to see that the potential for injuries and death.

"Our objective is to see a routinely unarmed police service. We do not believe that plastic bullets or TASERs are the solution. We will monitor the situation very closely." ENDS

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