Knife wielding maniac gets tasered


The Daily Beast reports

The usually calm and well-choreographed royal ceremony known as the “Changing of the Guard” at Buckingham Palace was dramatically interrupted today when a man holding a huge knife to his own throat was tasered by police.  

The man, who was dressed in a jacket, jeans and sneakers, broke through a security cordon and held a large knife to his own throat until police moved in and fired at him with the Tasers.

video: courtesy Grant Shepherd


Ha!  Good job.  One more person is alive because of appropriate use of Tasers.

Large crowds had gathered as they often do for the Changing of the Guard ceremony, in which one regiment of guardsmen hand over responsibility for guarding the Queen to another regiment.

The handover happens once every two days and is usually accompanied by bandsmen playing music – which can be anything from military marching tunes to pop songs – as the man appeared brandishing a knife.

Within 10 seconds police arrived on the scene and fired the Taser at the man who, after initially rushing at the police, collapsed.

The Queen and Prince Philip were not in residence at Buckingham Palace at the time of the incident, as they are believed to be in Sandringham.

The plod weren’t that confident the Tasers were working until he went down.  There was some jumping around involved there.

At this stage, it’s not been published what the man’s issue was.

The Daily Mail adds:

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “It was approximately 11.50. A man was seen outside the centre gate in possession of two knives.

“He was not making threats to members of the public but he was challenged by police. He acted aggressively and a taser was discharged.

“He is thought to be in his 50s. He was arrested on suspicion of affray and has been taken to a central London police station.”

Arrested on “suspicion of affray”.




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  • dotcom

    Aggghhh. It’s my twin brother.

  • I am reminded of a scene in Blazing Saddles.

    • dotcom

      Monty Python’s black knight springs to mind as well. Pricks (cops), spoiling a good show. Definitely Taser abuse.

  • thor42

    Good job!

    One of the very many instances when a Taser is the perfect tool for the job. The Taser is one of the biggest advances in policing in the last 50 years.

    • James M

      10 years ago I watched an officer unload 4
      rounds from a pistol into the leg of a man approaching him and colleges with a
      machete. And he was meaning to use that blade on them, he was an animal. I would
      have been 15 feet away when the shots were fired and I’d have to say (and I did
      in my witness statements) the police took precisely the right measures with the
      tools they had at hand to deal with this situation.

      Today police have tasers and the results of
      that day would have been even better for the man who received bone and tissue
      damage from 4 bullets.

      Bullets bounce, ricochet and when they hit
      the target in the wrong place or hit the wrong target obviously death can be a
      side effect. However the only side effects of a good or bad tasering would be a
      healthy fear of fish hooks and electrical outlets.

      • StupidDisqus

        Four shots to the leg?

        What happened to two to the torso, one to the head?

        • James M

          Well that guy though he was off his rocker that day could be a moral citizen and a great contributor to society today. and the way the police handled him allowed him to be that.

          clearly some people will continue to behave in this way and repeat offend and we send them to prison for a nice long think about what they have done.

          Trust me there are people i think need a bullet between the eyes no questions asked. But there are others that are just having a seriously bad day and let themselves get carried away and make one stupid decision. Then the chance to accept their punishment from the system and make amends is due.

    • StupidDisqus

      Whenever you might want to use a Taser, it’s quicker, surer, and much much cheaper to use a Glock.

      Frankly, whenever you might want to use a baton, it’s quicker, surer, and much much cheaper to use a Glock.

      • Richard McGrath

        A Taser is more fun though ~: )
        Apparently Rodney King was tasered not once but twice before his infamous working over by the LAPD (stimulant drugs possibly blunted his response to the electricity), so a Glock should be available as backup at all times.

  • Morrissey

    That was Groucho Marx and I claim my five pounds.