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Derry City Protest over use of CS Gas

13 August, 2007

Sinn Féin Derry City Councillor Billy Page speaking after a protest this morning outside Bishop Street Court House (13th August) against the use of CS gas by the PSNI said that Sinn Féin had received numerous complaints about the use of CS gas spray by the PSNI in the city.

Councillor Page said:

"Today's protest follows complaints and concerns we have received from the public about the use of CS gas spray by the PSNI in the city. My party colleague Martina Anderson has already called for the Police Ombudsman to investigate an incident at Ballymacgroarty in July during which PSNI personnel used CS gas spray against a fifteen year-old boy with special needs.

"While politicians and community representatives have a responsibility to encourage support for proper policing, the PSNI has a huge responsibility to earn the trust and respect of communities by delivering accountable policing.

"The days of the Police FORCE is over and must be seen to be over. What Sinn Féin is determined to deliver is a Police Service that will respond to community needs in a manner that will be deserving of support." ENDS

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