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Tasers continued use will lead to someone being killed - Pat Sheehan

26 January, 2012


Commenting on the report issued today by the Police Ombudsman into the use of Tasers by the PSNI, Sinn Féin MLA and Policing Board member Pat Sheehan said that Tasers are a lethal weapon and continued use by the PSNI will inevitably lead to someone being killed.

Mr Sheehan said:

“People will be rightly sceptical of any reports conducted by the Police Ombudsman’s Office under the leadership of Al Hutchinson. There is no community confidence in his ability to do this important job and he should go without further foot dragging.

“On the issue of Tasers it cannot be disputed that they are a lethal weapon and their continued use by the PSNI will inevitably lead to someone being killed.

“The PSNI need to be able to deal with public order incidents without resorting to lethal force, be it Tasers or plastic bullets.

“An acceptance of their use will see them used as an alternative to restraint and that is unacceptable. Those firing them do not know if the person they are targeting has a heart problem or any other illness which could heighten the chance of it being fatal.”

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