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Case against first Taser victim dropped

26 June, 2009 - by Maeve McLaughlin


Policing Board member and Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson is calling for a review of the PSNI’s use of Tasers following the decision to drop the case against Derryman Damien White – the first person in the North to be shot with the controversial weapon.

“This decision vindicates the concern which we voiced at the time of the incident,” she said.

“I expressed serious reservations about the deployment of Taser in this incident because Damien posed absolutely no threat to anyone when he was shot with this potentially lethal weapon. He had walked out of the house, with his hands in the air and he was immediately tasered.

“This was never about arresting a dangerous individual, it was about the police, once again, using Derry as the testing ground to try out their latest piece of kit.

“The judge said today that Damien leaves court without a stain on his character but the same can’t be said of the PSNI and I will be calling on the Policing Board to review the use of Tasers in light of this judgment.

“I am also calling on the Police Ombudsman to ensure that the investigation into this incident is both exhaustive and transparent so that the full details of this case can be laid bare.”

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