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PSNI officers cleared by watchdog over using CS spray on teenager

Published 15/09/2015

The officer who used the CS spray was properly trained, the watchdog found
The officer who used the CS spray was properly trained, the watchdog found

Police were justified in using CS spray to control a volatile teenager, a watchdog has found.

The incident happened during the early hours of December 26, 2014 when officers were called to deal with an aggressive 17-year-old in Ballymena, Co Antrim.

Police Ombudsman Dr Michael Maguire said the officers acted in a lawful and proportionate manner as the youth ignored repeated warnings to calm down and approached them with his fists clenched while shouting abuse.

The officer who deployed the CS Spray was properly trained and had been authorised to use it at the time of the incident. She had also completed necessary documentation afterwards.

When spoken to by Ombudsman investigators while in custody, the teenager said he had no complaints about his treatment.

There was no CCTV footage and other revellers declined to co-operate with the Ombudsman investigators.

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