“the community will accept that it is a necessary use of lethal force..”

Perhaps inadvertently, the DUP’s Ian Paisley Jnr, a member of the Policing Board, provides another reason to delay the devolving of policing and justice powers. He’s apparently concerned about the recent use of Semtex. And, perhaps, the attempts to exert control in certain areas. From the iol report.

Mr Paisley claimed people would now accept it as necessary to finally crush the dissident threat. “Sooner or later there will be a murder of a police officer unless the police are able to deploy ruthlessness in tracking down and wiping out these dissident members,” said the North Antrim MLA. “I believe the community will accept such measures and if dissidents are shot on sight, the community will accept that it is a necessary use of lethal force to prevent dissident republicanism from growing.

“Finally, given the seriousness of this most recent murder attempt, I believe the (Stormont) executive ought to ensure that a full discussion on the security situation must take place with a view to ensuring every encouragement is given to the police and army in the eradication of dissident republicans.”

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