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PSNI assault young man in North Belfast

30 May, 2006

Sinn Féin North Belfast Councillor Caral Ní Chuilín has this morning slammed the behaviour of the PSNI in North Belfast yesterday evening (29.05.06) after they assaulted a young man with CS Spray.


Ms Ní Chuilín, who witnessed most of the assault, has today said that she plans to contact the Police Ombudsman’s Office regarding the attack.


Speaking today Ms Ní Chuilín said:


“Yesterday evening at approximately 8.30pm the PSNI approached an eighteen year old man at the corner of the New Lodge Road in North Belfast. The young man was walking a dog through the area when he was challenged by the PSNI regarding the dog. The local man sent for a relative to produce papers verifying the legality of the dog.


“During this period, the PSNI became agitated and aggressive and produced CS Spray which they sprayed on his face. They held him over the bonnet of a car and when I arrived on the scene I attempted to ascertain his name and was repeatedly verbally assaulted by PSNI officers. This young man was in obvious discomfort and kept saying that he could not breathe.


“The PSNI bundled him into the back of one of their vehicles and when I enquired as to where they were taking him they refused to tell me. As they withdrew from the area, the PSNI threatened to attack local people with batons. I telephoned the NIO’s ‘Civil Representative’ but got no answer from her phone.


“The conduct of the PSNI was highly aggressive and they have once again shown complete contempt for the people of the New Lodge area. I will be contacting the Police Ombudsman’s Office to complain about the assault and their ensuing hostility to the local community.” ENDS

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