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SDLP block discussion on TASERS at Derry DPP meeting

29 January, 2008

Sinn Féin Councillor and DPP member Elisha McLaughlin has criticised the Chairperson of the Derry District Policing Partnership (DPP) SDLP Councillor Shaun Gallagher after her request to raise issues on the deployment of Tasers by the PSNI was blocked at Friday's meeting.

Councillor McLaughlin said:

"At Friday's monthly meeting under AOB (any other business) I asked for a discussion about the issue of the deployment of TASERS by the PSNI and a proposal for the local DPP to send letters to both the Policing Board and the PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde outlining the many concerns in our communities about the use of TASERS.

"The chairperson of the local DPP ,SDLP Councillor Shaun Gallagher blocked my request on the grounds its wasn't on the agenda and that not all members of the local DPP were present to discuss it. This was despite the fact there was enough members present to reach the quota for a discussion. The DPP is supposed to act as a forum for discussion and consultation on matters affecting the policing of the district.

"It's was ironic that on the day that PSNI began to deploy the controversial weapon and that senior members of the SDLP have expressed concerns about the use of TASERS that on a local level in Derry the SDLP felt is was appropriate to put any discussion on the issue off." ENDS

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