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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Group warns against use of police Tasers

Group warns against use of police Tasers
Group warns against use of police Tasers

Group warns against use of police Tasers

A HUMAN rights group has called on police to only use their Taser in a life threatening situation - after new figures revealed they had been used by Bradford officers 405 times in six years.

Amnesty International wants forces across the UK to train officers to the "highest possible standards" and offer better training than is currently available.

This comes after information provided to the Telegraph and Argus through a Freedom of Information request found the device, which fires electrodes at suspects and delivers an electric shock of 50,000 volts, was fired at a Bradford suspect nine times between August 2017 and February this year to protect both the officers and public from harm.

However, police define the use of a Taser by categorising if it was 'Armed', 'Red Dot', 'Drawn', 'Angle Drive Stun' or 'Arced', and the figures show a Taser was used against a Bradford suspect 62 times over the same period.

Officers working in the district used the stun guns 405 times between January 2011 and July 2017.

The use of them peaked in 2012 when they were used 107 times, compared to 55 instances in 2017.

Oliver Sprague, Amnesty International UK's Arms Control Director, said: “The Taser is an extremely powerful weapon, and has been shown to be dangerous when misused.

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