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Police officer 'justified' in firing baton round at boy

By Staff Reporter

Published 29/10/2015

Ruling: Michael Maguire
Ruling: Michael Maguire

A police officer was justified in firing a baton round at a 17-year-old boy armed with a knife, the Police Ombudsman has found.

Officers told investigators he had been approaching them with the knife raised in his hand after attacking a police car in west Belfast in March 2014.

The youth had complained the firing of a baton round amounted to an assault.

However, the ombudsman found the use of the weapon had been lawful, proportionate and necessary.

Police Ombudsman investigators were told the alarm was raised by the teenager's mother, who said he was trying to smash his way into her home with a baseball bat.

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