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More evidence that Taser’s should go - Anderson

16 December, 2008 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin Policing Board Member, Martina Anderson MLA has stated that the revelations by Amnesty International at today's Policing Board meeting with regards Taser's deaths is yet more evidence that they should be withdrawn.

Speaking today Ms Anderson said:

"The information placed before the Policing Board by Amnesty International today that 334 people have died since 2001 as a result of being 'tasered' in the USA is yet more evidence that Taser's are deadly weapons and should not be issued.

"Sinn Féin would share the concerns highlighted in this report and would be to the fore in the opposition to this weapon alongside organisations including the Human Rights Commission, the Equality Commission, the Children's Commission and the Children's Law Centre.

"As the evidence mounts are we to wait before somebody dies as a result of being Tasered before the calls by countless organisations against this weapon are heeded?"

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