I really don’t get people who oppose the Taser being deployed. They come up with all sorts of spurious details to oppose them.
A disproportionate number of people with mental health issues are being stung by Tasers, figures show.
Since the nationwide rollout of Tasers in March 2010, they have been drawn by police officers 1320 times and discharged 212 times.
The battery-powered stun guns fire electric barbs, which penetrate a person’s skin and deliver a shock of up to 50,000 volts.
Numbers released under the Official Information Act show nearly a third of those hit were considered by police to have mental health issues.
Mental Health Foundation chief executive Judi Clements said they had always feared those with mental health problems would be a target for officers using Tasers and the figures confirmed that.
She was also concerned by the lack of research around the long-term effects of the weapons’ use, particularly because those with psychological issues often had physical problems too.
Shit a brick…my word people are stupid.¬†
They aren’t being targeted and ¬†tasered because they are mentally unwell…they are committing crimes and failing to respond to reasonable requests to desist from those activities which leaves the Police with no option other than to taser them.
The alternatives are a batoning, a punch in the head, or indeed a 9mm Glock.
You be the judge of what would be your choice for a violent interaction with Police.
The Glock will have people dead…and the Taser…well not so much.