CHILD “SERIOUSLY UPSET” BY STOP AND SEARCH OPERATION – RAMSEY SEEKS URGENT MEETING WITH PSNI CHIEFS
MLA Pat Ramsey is seeking an urgent meeting with PSNI chiefs in Derry to raise concerns at they way police were carrying out “stop and search” operations in the city.
The Foyle SDLP representative was speaking after he watched a video on social media which showed a young boy, who was celebrating his birthday, “seriously upset” at the actions of a police officer who appeared to be undertaking a “stop and search” on an accompanying adult.
Mr Ramsey added: “With the concern raised at the distressing video, coupled with concerns in the community regarding house searches carried out on the First Communion Day of another young child in the Creggan area which adversely affected her special day, I will be requesting an urgent meeting with senior officers in G District, as well as commanders of the Operational Support Department which undertakes management for Tactical Support Groups in order to impress upon them the views of constituents and my own views about the effect of operations on children and young people.”
Mr Ramsey added: “I am determined to address the community’s concerns on these issues and would welcome information from any and all constituents who feel their children or children and young people related to them have been affected by policing operations in recent times and these will be conveyed to officers.”