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PSNI forced to take onboard TASER concerns

14 June, 2007

Sinn Féin Policing Board member Martina Anderson MLA has said that the PSNI have been forced to take on board concerns over the use of TASERS.

Speaking after a meeting of the Human Rights Policing Board sub-committee Ms Anderson said:

"The objective must be to see the police routinely unarmed.

"However, Sinn Féin share the concerns of many Human Rights organisations across the world about the use of TASERS.

"Sinn Féin are opposed to the use of these weapons.

"The evidence presented to the committee today on the use of TASERS and the potential breach of human rights was very strong and persuasive.

"I welcome the fact that the PSNI have now been forced to take on board these human rights concerns.

"Sinn Féin welcomes the research into this issue and the commitment to human rights safeguards it is only on this basis that we will move towards the objective of a routinely unarmed police force." ENDS

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