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  1. Well guys, I first became aware of this on Facebook yesterday evening, before it made the local news. Was going to post on here last night in general discussion but to be honest I didn't really want to give the idiots any more 'fame' by spreading it about online. I don't currently have a link to the video, but I saw it on Facebook last night, being shared all over the place, with the usual condemning of the officer comments. What the video shows is an off duty officer who had bravely waded in to stop a fight and was restraining one culprit by holding his arm around his chest (didn't look like it was around his neck to me, which is what they are claiming). Anyway, apparently this lad 'couldn't breathe' (but was managing to make plenty of noise shouting) and the officer was surrounded by a group of loud and somewhat hostile people. Going by what one of these fools stated in the facebook comments, despite the chaos he even showed his warrant card at one stage, too, I know that because someone actually moaned that he 'took ages to show it'! He was on his own, off duty so no kit, yet still he intervened. I think it was a credit to him and he should be congratulated not condemned. Yet every single comment on facebook was the usual rubbish slating the officer and the police at large. What has this country become? This is a link to a news article, thankfully most of the comments on here are more intelligent than the usual facebook rubbish: http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/couldn-t-breathe-claims-man-restrained-duty/story-28386636-detail/story.html
  2. IPCC is investigating stun gun incident in Staffordshire after police were called to a suspected burglary A man has died after being shot with a stun gun. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA A man has died after being shot with a Taser when police were called to a suspected burglary. Officers went to a house in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, shortly after 1am on Monday following calls about a break-in. When police arrived at the house, the occupants had left but a man was still inside. Officers entered the property and are believed to have used a Taser on the man, who was then put in a police car. The man became unresponsive in the car and died shortly after receiving treatment from West Midlands ambulance service. An investigation into the incident has been launched and Staffordshire police said in a statement: “As is normal in a case like this, the incident has now been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. “A detailed investigation is under way and the scene will remain cordoned off while the investigation continues. Local officers will be in the community throughout the day, talking to residents.” Home Office figures released in October showed that the use of Tasers by police had increased sharply. The electroshock weapons were used more than 5,100 times in England and Wales in the first six months of 2014. The figures revealed that there had been a 13% rise in their use in the past 12 months. Police were ordered to apologise in person last year to an elderly blind man who was Tasered after his white stick was mistaken for a samurai sword. The non-lethal stun weapons have been linked to at least 10 deaths in England and Wales over the past decade. Earlier this month a Manchester coroner ruled that five police officers who wanted to remain anonymous would be named at the inquest into a man shot with a Taser. Factory worker Jordan Lee Begley, 23, died two hours after being hit with the electric stun gun by an officer from Greater Manchester police at his home in Gorton on 10 July last year. Police were called to his home following a argument. Tasers were introduced into UK police forces in 2004, to give officers an alternative to using firearms or heavy weapons such as batons. Around 12% of UK police officers carry a Taser and according to government guidelines, all officers must be trained before being allowed to use one. Devon and Cornwall police were criticised for using Tasers on two boys aged 14 and 15, after reports of an alleged assault on a teacher at Chelfham Senior School. In July data published by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) revealed that Staffordshire police used Tasers more than any other force, with shots being fired 33 times per 100 officers http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/dec/22/man-dies-shot-taser-ipcc-police-staffordshire-suspected-burglary

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