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QUICK FACTS: TASERS

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.

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4 Comments

  • Reply October 23, 2012

    anne louise

    Sounds a lot like pharmaceutical companies to me.

  • Reply October 23, 2012

    JessB

    Urgh, the idea of deliberately causing physical pain to anyone doesn’t make me feel good. Why on earth would the police need to taser someone 14 times if they were on the ground?

    Personally, I would much prefer to have a taser used to subdue me than a gun, but I do wish neither had to be used, and that both were used more rarely than they currently are.

    • Reply October 24, 2012

      anne louise

      Something really disgusting? Take a look at the ombudsman’s report. Where did empathy go?

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