Police use of CS spray on youth justified


The Police Ombudsman has said the PSNI’s use of CS spray on a 14-year-old schoolboy was “the only alternative”.

The incident happened at Oakgrove College in Londonderry’s Waterside on January 7 after police responded to an emergency call about a pupil causing a disturbance.

Police found the pupil in an agitated state and bleeding profusely from his hand, having punched through a glass window.

The Ombudsman, Dr Brian Maguire, said that the boy had “threatened the officer and other efforts to pacify him seemed to have failed”.

He added that “No-one who saw what happened, including the boy himself, is questioning the judgment.”