Priti Patel yesterday authorised the police to use a ‘more painful’ Taser stun gun which could cause more serious injuries.
Sure, it could. If they have to fire it. As we’ve seen they usually don’t.
Her move came despite an analysis by Government scientists that the weapon could lead to more suspects suffering internal injuries and broken bones.
They also warned that passers-by now risk being hit by probes which inflict the electric shock as the Taser 7 allows them to detach from the gun after being fired.
And the risk of them being shot by real police bullets instead?
The Taser 7 also makes a louder ‘arc’ noise – a kind of electric crackling – before firing which aims to make violent suspects back down.
Excellent! Given that that’s the more usual method of ensuring compliance than actually firing them…
Oliver Feeley-Sprague, of Amnesty International UK, called Miss Patel’s move ‘extremely worrying’.
Why, Oliver? Doesn’t it guarantee middle-class bleeding heart charity bottom feeders like you a job for life?