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Magherafelt District Policing Partnership rejects TASERS

29 January, 2008

At Monday night's meting of Magherafelt DPP it was agreed on the proposal of Sinn Féin councillor Seán Carr that the DPP write to PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde and the Policing Board strongly criticising Hugh Orde`s recent decision to deploy TASER guns to specialist units within the PSNI.

The DPP meeting heard a presentation from the Children's Law Centre who also strongly rounded on the decision of the Chief Constable.

Sinn Fein DPP member Cllr Seán Mc Peake speaking after the meeting said:

" The Children`s Law Centre representative and DPP members present at the meeting voiced grave concerns on the deployment of these weapons. Many hundreds of deaths have already occurred in the various countries throughout the world where they have been used. The TASER when fired emits a 50,000 volt shock into the victim which can potentially kill.

"Hugh Orde has received a loud and clear message coming from the DPP in Magherafelt that he cannot be allowed to ride roughshod over the wishes of the Policing Board, The Equality Commission and The Human Rights Commission. By introducing TASERS in the manner that he has done without the proper assessments being carried was reckless in the extreme. If Hugh Orde expects others to follow due process and procedures he cannot expect to ignore the same procedures himself." ENDS

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