I agree with Keith Locke, take the tasers off the cops…

It is a new year and so I suppose we didn’t have to wait long for Keith Locke to have a bleat about Police and their use of Tasers.

Police have revealed they fired a Taser stun-gun at an offender five times – the latest incident that has Taser critics calling for a review of its use.

The case is contained in statistics released by police about Taser use in the first half of last year.

A police spokesman said the incident involved a violent offender resisting arrest and fighting with an officer in the Counties-Manukau district with the Taser being pressed directly against the body of the suspect in “contact stun” mode.

“While the Taser was discharged [in contact stun mode] five times, three made contact with the person,” the spokesman said.

“Of the three which made contact, the first two were not effective in bringing the person under control, while the third was effective in stopping the violent behaviour.”

Police said two of the discharges missed the offender as he grappled with the officer on the ground.

The suspect was not injured, but a critic says increased use, and two recent Taser-related deaths overseas, suggest the device will kill someone here.

This week 38-year-old Kevin Norris died after being Tasered by police in the New South Wales town of Mittagong.

According to reports, Norris was conscious when taken into custody but died at the police station. His death is now the subject of an investigation.

Former Green MP Keith Locke, who has been a critic of the Taser since it was introduced in 2007, said the death should send a message.   

“The death across the Tasman should shake police out of their complacency,” he said.

“Even though we haven’t had a death here yet, the deaths in Australia, Britain, Canada and the US indicate it is likely at some time there will be a death here.”

The Norris case follows the death in Britain of a burglar in similar circumstances shortly before Christmas.

After being Tasered, the victim became unresponsive in a police car and died.

It was the third case of someone dying after being Tasered in Britain in 2014.

British Government figures show police use of the Taser increased by 13 per cent in the same period.

Home Secretary Theresa May ordered a review into Taser use by police in October, and there are calls for a ban in the meantime.

Locke said: “It would be good for the Independent Police Conduct Authority [IPCA] to have a thorough review of the police use of Tasers to see whether they are being overused, or inappropriately used – such as to help the police get handcuffs on rather than in really dangerous situations.”

Police statistics showed one person was being Tasered every three days, he said.

“In 16 events the Taser was discharged twice on the person and in three events discharged three times.”

I agree with Keith Locke, take the tasers off the cops.

But replace them with Glocks instead. Nothing stops criminals like a series of 9mm holes in them…far more effective deterrent than some sharp spikes with an electric current.

There fixed the problem for you Keith, no more Tasers.

 

– Fairfax


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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