Are the police using tasers correctly?

I read with interest about an 82 year man in West London who was tasered by the police.

A taser is the latest weapon in a police officer’s armoury. It is a stun-gun which when applied causes 50,000 volts of electricity to go through a victim’s body, side effects of which include temporary paralysis, nausea, amnesia, loss of bowel/bladder control, vomiting and in extreme cases, the heart can stop, occasionally resulting in death.

The police can use force (and therefore the taser) when affecting an arrest provided it is reasonable and proportionate.

It is in the public interest to establish whether the police have been given proper training and are applying their powers correctly. Can an 82 year old man be said to pose such a threat requiring the use of such excessive force?

I am currently pursuing a similar actions against the police claim for a 50 year old man. The police visited him late at night looking for his son. My client, a heavy set, bald, black man bears no resemblance to his 32 year old mixed race, curly haired son. The police, who had seen a picture and read a description of my client’s son, forced their way into my client’s home and indiscriminately tasered him in the back when he was retreating into his kitchen. At the time, he was entirely defenceless and posed no threat.

As well as the physical evidence in front of them, a simple ID check which they performed minutes later proved that my client was not the person they were looking for. Nevertheless, he was arrested for obstruction and assaulting a constable- this  is being cited to justify their over zealous behaviour. I am now working with my client to pursue his claim against the police.

I consider that both cases raise serious questions regarding the deployment of taser guns in arrest circumstances.

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Author: iaingould

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