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Call for PSNI to respond positively to TASER concerns

18 July, 2007

Sinn Féin Policing Board member Martina Anderson MLA speaking after a meeting of the Policing Board human rights subcommittee has welcomed the call from the Equality Commission for a full Equality Impact Assessment on the introduction of TASERS and added that there is no evidence to support the introduction of these weapons here.

Ms Anderson said:

"There is evidence that the introduction of TASERS could lead to human rights breaches here and yet no evidence of the need for their introduction. Now we have not just the Policing Board's own human rights advisors expressing concern but also the Equality Commission.

"Sinn Féin shares the concerns of many Human Rights organisations across the world about the use of TASERS. We are opposed to their introduction here. The introduction of TASERS will not be good for policing and they do not provide a solution to the need to move towards a routinely unarmed police service.

"Senior PSNI officers, when they meet to discuss this issue, need to examine very carefully all of the available evidence and respond positively not just to the concerns raised about human rights breaches but also the very serious health risks particularly for anyone with a dysfunctional heart or heart disease, intoxicated individuals, pregnant women, or small children." ENDS

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