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Anger at PSNI deployment TASERS

25 January, 2008

Sinn Féin Policing Board Member, Martina Anderson MLA has reiterated the party's opposition to TASERS after it emerged that the PSNI will began deploying the controversial weapons from today (Friday).

Ms Anderson said:

"Despite the wealth of evidence from Human Rights and Children's Rights groups about the lethal nature of TASERS, the PSNI have today deployed them to officers across the North..

"Unfortunately, Hugh Orde has chosen to ignore the warnings about the deadly nature of TASERS. He has ignored the concerns of the Policing Board. He has ignored the views of the Equality Commission and respected Human Rights organisations and he has ignored the evidence which shows that TASERS have been involved in the deaths of hundreds of people internationally.

"However, Sinn Féin will continue to oppose this deployment and we will be tabling a motion at the next Policing Board meeting demanding that Hugh Orde withdraws them from use.

"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." ENDS

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