15 July 2004 Edition
PSNI use CS Spray against young people in Derry
Derry Sinn Féin councillor Cathal Crumley has accused the PSNI of lying to the media over an incident at the weekend when they used the controversial CS spray for the first time in the Six Counties.
According to Crumley, the PSNI used the controversial gas against a man they arrested after he left a nightclub on Sunday night 11 July.
Crumley says the PSNI falsely claimed they were attacked by a hostile crowd to justify their indiscriminate use of the incapacitating gas.
The arrested man, who wishes to remain annonymous, said the incident was witnessed by a number of people in the Rossville Street area.
He claimed that a number of bystanders were affected by the CS Spray, which caused a number of people to be sick, including two PSNI members, while he himself suffered burns to his face and neck as a result of being sprayed.
During the incident, two young women were also injured when one of the PSNI men present grabbed one of the women and slammed her head into the other's face.
Cathal Crumley accused the PSNI of trying to goad young people into open confrontation.