‘Policing concerns must be rigorously investigated’ - McCartney
Serious concerns regarding PSNI arrest operations in Derry must be rigorously investigated, Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has said.
The party’s Justice Spokesperson was commenting after it emerged that a 16-year-old was arrested from his home and put in cable-tie restraints by officers wearing balaclava masks. He was interviewed for just 14 minutes at Antrim PSNI station before being released unconditionally. In another reported incident, a young person was handcuffed while a search of a taxi was carried out.
Raymond McCartney said: “The violence witnessed in Derry over the last week can never be excused but neither can heavy-handed policing and the circumstances of these policing operations are extremely concerning.
“The public rightly expect the PSNI to be held to the very highest policing and human rights standards. That is the approach Sinn Féin take to the policing structures and we intend to ensure they are held to account for any instance where officers fall below the standards expected. A party delegation met the PSNI today and raised our concerns regarding these cases directly with them.
“I welcome confirmation that, in at least one case, the teenager’s legal team will be making a formal complaint to the Police Ombudsman. That complaint now needs to be rigorously investigated.”