Growing concern over the use of tasers
The Guardian reports that concern is growing among human rights campaigners and politicians over the use of tasers after an innocent blind man was shot with a stun gun when his white stick was mistaken for a samurai sword. The legal action group Police Action Centre is to challenge the widespread use of stun guns. It cites a case in which a mentally ill man on a roof was hit with a taser and the muscle spasms led to him falling off the roof.
Police chiefs have responded by citing careful and detailed training their firearms officers undertake before weapons of this nature are deployed. Each situation is judged on its particular facts and a taser will only be used if the risk of harm to the officer or public is grave.