The Ombudsman, Bruce Barbour has released his report into how Tasers are used by police in NSW and the picture isn’t pretty.
He reviewed 556 incidents between June 2010 and November 2010, and found the Taser was used inappropriately on 80 occasions. On 27 of those occasions, the police were not under threat and shouldn’t have used the Taser at all. Indeed, people were tasered when they were fleeing from police or handcuffed.
About a third of the people had been suffering or had suffered from mental illness and more than half had been affected by alcohol or drugs at the time.