The Workers Party has called for an open and thorough investigation in to the death of Gerard McMahon who died yesterday.
While the events surrounding Mr McMahon’s death are not yet clear, it is known that CS spray and physical restraint were both employed during the incident.
If CS spray is found to be the cause, or a contributory factor, in Mr McMahon’s death or, as in the recent case of Eric Garner in New York, the method of restraint was responsible, it would be imperative that the use of CS spray and methods of physical restraint are revised to ensure that life is not put at risk
The Ombudsman must be given full support and access to officers, witnesses and information relating to the incident and the PSNI act on any recommendations that may be made.
The Party extends its condolences to Mr McMahon’s family at this time.