DUP Foyle MLA Gary Middleton has called for calm in Londonderry and urged people to step back from street protest and violence.
Mr Middleton said,
This street violence is totally wrong and cannot be justified. Whilst the senior command of the police failed to enforce the rule of law regarding Sinn Fein’s attendance at the Bobby Storey funeral there is no justification for physical attacks on police officers.
We support the police and the rule of law. It must be applied equally and fairly. It was the failure to do that which has caused the lack of confidence in the Chief Constable. Sinn Fein were treated differently from other people. They received special treatment. That alongside a catalogue of failings has meant the Chief Constable has lost confidence.
We need a senior command team who will enforce the rule of law rigorously but fairly.
For Martina Anderson and Sinn Fein to speak in such condescending tones shows how they have lost touch with reality. Such is Sinn Fein's arrogance and sense of entitlement, they have failed to recognise that their disregard for the rule of law has caused this political crisis.