Police use Tasers on suspects, themselves, sheep, and pets
As well as using Tasers on dangerous suspected criminals, police officers have accidentally used the stun guns on themselves, & purposely on sheep, a bull and household pets.
The 33-year-old firearms officer forgot to remove the cartridge from the weapon before testing it. He was later given “appropriate advice” from senior officers.
At least eight dogs have been Tasered by police to control them while officers have also shot a bull because it was considered dangerous.
In north Wales, a sheep was shocked on the A55 near Bodelwyddan when it refused to get off the road in October last year.
The firearm has also been let off by mistake at least 10 times, the statistics show.
A 35-year-old man was hit by a “non-intentional discharge” in March 2006 before a 33-year-old was hit in November 2007.
In intentional discharges involving humans, officers in Hampshire shot a 14-year-old boy considered “dangerous” while North Wales Police used the 50,000-volt weapon on an 89-year-old after he threatened to kill himself.
Norfolk Police said they Tasered an 18-year-old young woman.
Last week, the Independent Police Complaints Commission said it would investigate an incident in which a man in Nottingham was caught on video apparently being repeatedly shocked as one officer appeared to punch him near the head.
Yesterday, it emerged that plans to fund the provision of 10,000 Taser guns nationally and training for up to 30,000 front line officers to use them were being met with opposition from some forces.