Hyland claims PSNI harassment

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Thursday, June 21st, 2012
Independent republican councillor Davy Hyland has told Newry Times that he is being ‘harassed’ after the PSNI stopped and questioned him last week along with a number of other members of the public.
The elected representative claims he was stopped and questioned by the PSNI using section 21 of the Justice & Security act outside Newry City Hall after he had checked on the welfare of three members of the public who were being harassed.
Hyland stated, “I noticed a man, his wife and sister in-law being harassed by the PSNI outside Newry City Hall. As an elected representative and friend of the victims I approached to check on their welfare. I was then harassed and questioned, my movements were recorded and my identity noted. The PSNI members in this patrol were very aggressive and bullish. I’d like to know what was achieved by harassing those people and myself?”
He continued, “No doubt the PSNI will come out with the usual generic response about tackling “crime” etc. I’d like to know what “crime” was prevented by taking the details and recording the movements of an elected councillor? If anything it’s blatant harassment and also an intelligence gathering exercise.”
“In Newry we have éirígí members being tortured as well as men, women and children being regularly stopped and searched, arrested and assaulted and now elected councillors can be added to the list of victims.”
Hyland added, “It’s obvious that the PSNI can do as the please and harass people at their leisure, they are a completely unaccountable force and should be treated with nothing but contempt.”
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