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Amnesty International blasts police taser use

Lancashire Telegraph: Amnesty International blasts police taser use Amnesty International blasts police taser use

HUMAN rights campaigners have slammed the use of Tasers in police cells.

Oliver Sprague, Amnesty International UK’s arms programme director, called for their use to be banned.

He said: “Tasers should not be used in custody cells as the subject is already under effective control and in custody.

“Using a Taser on someone who is already under effective control could amount to cruel and degrading treatment, which is banned under international treaties.

“Tasers were introduced into UK policing specifically to deal with incidents of life threatening, or very serious violence from a safer distance.

“Amnesty’s fear is that wider deployment has led to Tasers being misused for far more minor incidents.”

According to government guidelines, Tasers can be used by authorised officers ‘when faced with violence or threats of violence of such severity that force is needed to protect the public, themselves or the individual concerned’.

Former Home Secretary and Blackburn MP Jack Straw, who was responsible for the introduction of the devices, said Tasers had to be used with discretion, particularly in a police cell.

He added: “They are much safer than the alternative, which in a confined situation would include the use of pepper spray or truncheons.

“We need to bear in mind police are faced with some extraordinarily disruptive individuals who are often out of their heads.

“I agree Tasers have to be used properly but I think everybody needs to bear in mind the job the police do.

“It is dangerous to the individual and also the police.”

Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle said he thought it was ‘ridiculous’ issues had been highlighted surrounding officers’ training.

The IPCC report’s author said Lancashire Constabulary had been asked to revisit its guidance and training for custody sergeants so they were more aware of the procedure for use of Tasers in custody suites.

Mr Birtwistle said: “It is ridiculous training may not have been up-to-date. Anybody who uses a Taser should be properly trained and know what it is all about.

“The police have got to act on what they have been told to do.”

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6:04pm Tue 15 Apr 14

HelmshoreBoy says...

If either of the local Members of Parliaments care to read the two IPCC reports carefully, they will note that the use of the tasers in the cells at Burnley, was both justified and proportiona and that with the exception of the shield barriers, all operational procedures were conducted correctly. The shields were not used due to the confined space.

The only mistakes were made administratively by the Inspector authorising the use of Tazer.

These MP's are trying to score political points, well frankly it doesn't wash.Training issues are always ongoing and are addressed when approprate. Also you have to have sufficient staff to cover shortages, due to training and this is not always available.

As for Amnesty International.......
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As many police officers are injured in custody complexes as there are outside and they should utilise all the tools available to protect themselves and if this involves zapping some drunk, drugged up oygen thief, then so be it.
If either of the local Members of Parliaments care to read the two IPCC reports carefully, they will note that the use of the tasers in the cells at Burnley, was both justified and proportiona and that with the exception of the shield barriers, all operational procedures were conducted correctly. The shields were not used due to the confined space. The only mistakes were made administratively by the Inspector authorising the use of Tazer. These MP's are trying to score political points, well frankly it doesn't wash.Training issues are always ongoing and are addressed when approprate. Also you have to have sufficient staff to cover shortages, due to training and this is not always available. As for Amnesty International....... .................... ..........? As many police officers are injured in custody complexes as there are outside and they should utilise all the tools available to protect themselves and if this involves zapping some drunk, drugged up oygen thief, then so be it. HelmshoreBoy
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