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  1. Hi all, So I was recently alerted by a colleague to the fact that soon probationary officers would be allowed to carry taser despite not being outside their 2 year student officer period. At first I understood it to mean that officers going through their basic training would receive it however I have since had it clarified. For those of you not in the know regarding this I have attached some of the details: All officers who volunteer to carry a Taser are required to have the support of their supervisor, endorsement at Superintendent level and pass the Taser training course. In addition, student officers who undertake the training are required to: have been assessed as safe and lawful for independent patrol have demonstrated experience of successfully managing conflict hold a review with a supervisor following use of a Taser Full post for those interested: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/selected-student-police-officers-to-receive-taser-training I'm curious to know your thoughts regarding this whether you see this as a good thing for police forces or whether you have doubts about it. XA84
  2. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3199575/Grieving-mother-s-plea-Theresa-Robocop-stun-guns.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490I called the police to calm my son - but he died after they tasered him: Grieving mother's plea to Theresa May over 'Robocop' stun guns Jordon Begley began rowing with neighbours in Manchester over money One neighbour threatened to send five men to beat him up Jordon walked into the kitchen and picked up a vegetable knife His mum, Dot Begley, called the please to intervene in the row One of the police officers fired a nine-second Taser shot at Jordon’s chest Jordon's death is the first recorded killing with a police Taser in Britain By CHRISTINE CHALLAND FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY PUBLISHED: 23:46, 15 August 2015 | UPDATED: 02:05, 16 August 2015
  3. sierrafoxtrott

    Transferring Forces

    Hi all - I’ve recently completed my probation period with West Midlands Police and within the next 2 years will look to relocate back where my family live (Surrey), and will apply for a transfer. I know very little about transferring at present, so looking for some info. I am booked on to undertake my taser x26 course in December this year, and just awaiting a date for my response driving course and PO level II. Does anyone know whether we can take these tickets with us when we transfer or will we lose this and have to retrain with our new force all over again to obtain these? Thanks in advance.
  4. Norfolk Constabulary ACC talks to Police Oracle about officer assaults, cuts and PCSOs. Norfolk Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable Paul Sanford The nature of assaults on officers are becoming increasingly more violent to the extent that better bandages have been requested to soak up more blood. Norfolk Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable Paul Sanford told Police Oracle officers have addressed the need to improve first aid kits with injuries worsening. He said: “I have been asked if the bandages in our first aid kit are heavy-duty enough to absorb the level of bleeding? Crikey, if I’m having conversations about bandages then boy do I need to talk about the defence equipment our officers are carrying.” Between April 2017 and March 2018, 515 assaults on Norfolk police officers were recorded, including 113 of actual bodily harm and 19 of grievous bodily harm. The force already has plans to purchase an extra 80 Taser in a bid to deter offenders from lashing out at officers and is considering options to expand this further - including a review on allowing those who wish to carry one to do so. “We are concerned about the increase in assaults on our staff. We are concerned about the increase in knives to commit crime – whilst we ran an incredibly successful operation to target the county lines criminality which we think is the main drive behind that, we want to make sure our officers are best protected,"adds ACC Sanford. “We believe we could have more of our officers can carry Taser if we have them at the right places at the right time. “We are exploring what more we could do beyond that uplift of 80 and we are aware of other forces that are starting to office Taser to anyone who want to carry it - that is certainly something that we will explore. “The availability and the cost are factors here, but our primary concern is the welfare of our staff and sadly the environment which they are operating in now is different to when I was a PC. We need to make sure we have the right kit.” Questioned on how cuts have affected the force, ACC Sanford replied: “It’s not all bad. It causes you to look at the efficiency of what you deliver and how you deliver it. “Yeah, it’s difficult and yeah you have to make tough decisions but actually I think it has made us a much leaner and a much slicker organisation. And do I think that has been at the detriment of service to the public? No. Do I think that it’s tougher and our officers are having to work harder? Then yes, they absolutely are." A further £9million needs be to saved by 2020, with a large chunk of the £30million already saved down to collaborating with neighbouring force Suffolk Constabulary across a multitude of areas, including firearms, roads policing and intelligence. And in March the force scrapped PCSOs saving £1.6 million and allowing the creation of 97 roles (81 police officers and 16 civilian staff) within uniform policing. According to the force, the difference in cost between a PCSO and PC is less than £2,000 - with the average annual cost for a PCSO being £39,800 while for a PC it is £41,620. ACC Sanford added: “They were valued members of the workforce – to their absolute credit, right up to their last working day they were all working hard – even once the news was out they were doing some phenomenal stuff. “But do I think we have a more sustainable policing model than we had before? Absolutely I do. “There are some sad realities that in Norfolk we see more reports of rape than we do with theft of motor vehicles. That is a new and recent phenomenon, and we need the workforce to respond to today’s demands whose got that broad range of skills and can be deployable into different functions and can work 24/7.” ACC Sanford added the rest of the savings will also be recouped through wider joint working and with the Seven Force Strategic Collaboration Programme involving Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Kent police forces. Improved collaboration with adult care services is also being explored due to an aging population as well as domestic abuse and mental health charities plus the ambulance service to mitigate the strain placed on officers. Last month Chief Constable Simon Bailey spoke out after figures revealed Norfolk Police cars were used 43 times from December 2017 to March 2018 when no East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) vehicles were able to assist – taking officers away from frontline duties. “Adult care is an areas that particular concerns me given the aging demographic within our county, I have predicted it’s going to be an area where our demand goes up in the next 10 and 20 years. It will be crimes against the elderly,” says ACC Sanford. “The more we save the more challenging the next piece becomes.” View On Police Oracle
  5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-43306423 A professional rugby player, Tasered six times after driving at 150mph in a police chase, has been jailed. Scott Moore crashed into a house in Leigh and fought officers, threatening one with a Taser he stole from them. The ex-England rugby league star, 30, used "his size and experience on the rugby field" to evade arrest, Greater Manchester Police said. He was jailed for 23 months at Bolton Crown Court after admitting dangerous driving and assault. Moore, of Ranworth Drive, Lowton, Wigan, was disqualified from driving for two years. Police spotted Moore in the early hours of 14 October 2016 driving a black Mercedes at speed along Chaddock Lane towards the East Lancashire Road. He refused to pull over, sparking a pursuit during which he overtook a lorry at 100mph on a stretch of roadworks which had a speed limit of 30mph. He then accelerated at more than 150mph into a housing estate in Leigh and crashed into the wall of a house before stopping at a dead end, police said. 'Tug of war' Moore elbowed an officer and "violently resisted arrest in a struggle lasting 50 minutes" during which he was Tasered six times but "kept rising to his feet to fight and charge at officers". At one point, the former St Helens, Widnes and Wakefield hooker grabbed the Taser's wires after being stunned and removed them from his body. He then grabbed the Taser in a "tug of war" with the officer, shouting: "You're getting it now!" while pointing it at the officer's face, police said. The terrified officer fought with Moore to release it from his hand and the other officer struck him numerous times. Moore eventually dropped the Taser and, following a further struggle, was detained. The officers had never in their careers "been so scared nor witnessed such a violent individual", Det Con Lynsey Watson-Perry said. One officer had to undergo surgery. "Whatever level of force he is used to displaying on the pitch, this was not a game - people's lives were in danger", she added.
  6. BJC_47

    Carriage vest manufacturer...

    Can somebody please tell me the manufacturer/Seller of the carriage vest used by GMP firearms officers and taser officers. The taser carriage supplied to me isn’t ideal but I have spoken to people who say this vest is comfortable and obviously able to carry a taser with the correct equipment. I have pictures but can’t work out how to get them on here! Haha. Thanks in advance for any help.
  7. EPSTEIN

    New Taser X2

    Hi All, Im sure most of you are aware that the home office has approved the roll out of the new Taser X2 model which allows for two shots. Ive been looking at Taser international's website (makers of the taser) to learn a bit about the x2, the taser is black in colour on their website and promo video. Does anyone know: When issued to officers here, will the taser be black in colour or will they have it cased in yellow? Just curious to know?
  8. Policing Minister says officers will have best and most appropriate technology. Police forces have been given approval to use a new taser model rather than the existing obsolete devices. Policing Minister Brandon Lewis announced today the Home Office has authorised use of the X2 model, which forces can replace their old X26 tasers. He said: “This government is committed to giving the police the tools they need to do their job effectively, and where modern specialist equipment like CEDs [conductive energy devices] are used, to ensure our officers have access to the best and most appropriate technology. “The decision to authorise the taser X2 follows stringent consideration of strategic, ethical, operational and societal issues, including an assessment of environmental factors.” While the X26's work sufficiently, they are no longer manufactured or sold. SACMILL, the scientific advisory body which assessed whether the less lethal weapons should be approved for use, have recommended that body worn video cameras should be worn by all officers using the devices. Matt Spencer, managing director of Taser UK, said: “We are confident that the X2 can help to make police officers more effective at dealing with the increased threat that they face on a daily basis. "More than 20 years of science and research has gone into Taser technology to make the X2 the most proven and most tested less-lethal technology available in the UK. “This announcement demonstrates the important contribution our technology is making to help the police keep the public safe. “With the X2’s improved internal accounting logs and ability to work hand-in-hand with body-worn video it can deliver extra layers of accountability that the public and the police rightly expect and deserve. "We’re proud of how we have adapted and improved our technology to meet the needs of the police and those who hold them to account on behalf of the public." The company has previously said that the X2 has a 25 per cent chance of working as intended first time than the X26. A new data collection system for use for any time “significant force” is used by police is also to be introduced from April. This will mean that forces should publish the ethnicity, age, location and outcome of the individual it is used on. Mr Lewis said: “The information should report on the situations when physical restraint is used, as well as the type of equipment, such as handcuffs, batons, sprays and conductive energy devices.” View on Police Oracle
  9. OscarWhiskeyEchoNovember

    Call To Offer Tasers To All Frontline Police

    Sorry if this has been posted before but i heard it on the radio today Thoughts? Agree? Disagree?
  10. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/04/amber-rudd-taser-police-x2
  11. OK, 2 news articles on this from 2 different sources; And...
  12. Met police accused of abusing black fireman have case to answer, says IPCC   The IPCC has concluded there was evidence the officers racially stereotyped firefighter Edric Kennedy-Macfoy. Photograph: Casey Moore for the Guardian   Six Metropolitan police officers accused of responding to an offer of assistance from an off-duty black firefighter by abusing him, dragging him from his car and shooting him with a Taser should face disciplinary charges for possible racial discrimination, the official watchdog has concluded.   Edric Kennedy-Macfoy has accused police of behaving like wild animals when he approached them in a north London suburb to provide them with a description of a man he spotted throwing a rock at a police van.   After a 20-month investigation into the case, which involved tracking down members of the public who witnessed the incident, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) concluded there was evidence the officers racially stereotyped the fireman, according to a summary of its key findings in the case, which has been seen by the Guardian.   The IPCC is referring a dossier of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service after concluding a police constable could also face criminal charges over the use of the Taser. The watchdog also found police failed to act with integrity, courtesy, patience, discretion, professional judgment or common sense.   The most senior-ranking officer among those accused, former inspector David Burgum, denied the charges, questioned the firefighter’s motives and took the unusual step of condemning the statutory watchdog that investigates serious police complaints.   “In my opinion Mr Kennedy-Macfoy has cynically played the race card for his own ends,” Burgum said in a statement to the Guardian. “I do not consider that the IPCC have conducted an independent investigation. They are political organisation with a strong anti-police bias.”   Kennedy-Macfoy was driving through Harrow around 3.30am in September 2011 when he saw a young man hurl the rock at the police van. After noting a description of the young man, Kennedy-Macfoy flagged down the van driver and approached a line of officers to pass the information on.   A disagreement ensued in which, the IPCC said, several officers used abusive language against Kennedy-Macfoy.   The off-duty fireman complained officers repeatedly swore at him, before charging at his car and pulling him from the vehicle.   In an account he gave the Guardian in 2012, Kennedy-Macfoy, then 29, said he responded by calmly and showed his palms to the officers, telling them: “Listen guys, I haven’t done anything wrong. I’m a firefighter – I work with you lot and I just want to explain something.”   He said the Taser was discharged, without warning, when he was walking backwards with his hands in the air.   The final report from the IPCC investigation has not been made public or provided to any of the parties involved.   However, a summary of the IPCC’s key findings, seen by the Guardian, concludes the police’s initial reaction to Kennedy-Macfoy was based purely on his ethnic appearance.   The watchdog’s report names six officers, including Burgum, who it says have a case to answer for gross misconduct in respect of their alleged racial discrimination of Kennedy-Macfoy.   In addition to the ex-inspector, they include a sergeant, three police constables and a special constable. One of the constables - the officer who twice discharged the Taser - could also face criminal charges, the IPCC states.   “The IPCC has completed its investigation into a complaint made by Edric Kennedy- Macfoy relating to his arrest by [Met] officers in September 2011,” a spokesperson for the watchdog said. “The IPCC will be referring a file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service for consideration related to an officer’s use of Taser.”   The IPCC did not find sufficient evidence to uphold a complaint against two officers: a seventh officer, of constable rank, who was also present on the night, and a detective inspector who initially handled the fireman’s complaint.   After Kennedy-Macfoy was shot with the Taser, he was arrested and charged with obstructing police. He was found not guilty after a trial at Brent magistrates court.   During those proceedings Burgum gave evidence about the fireman’s racial appearance, which later formed part his complaint. Burgum told the court his officers were in a “stressful” situation and had been dealing with a group of partygoers who had been throwing missiles at them.   According to a court clerk’s notes of proceedings, Burgum added: “I couldn’t say he was anything to do with the party. The party was all black. He was black. He had driven through the cordon. I had to do a quick risk assessment.”   Burgum retired from the Met in January and now works for a private company that has an outsourced contract to train prospective Met police recruits. In his statement to the Guardian, Burgum called the account given by the fireman and apparently supported by the IPCC investigation “implausible in the extreme”.   The ex-inspector is among the four officers the IPCC concluded have additional cases to answer for misconduct on the night – in his case, for swearing at Kennedy-Macfoy.   Burgum said it was ridiculous for the IPCC to raise concern about his abusive language toward fireman because “Mr Kennedy-Macfoy swore at me first”.   “The suggestion that the police reaction to Mr Kennedy-Macfoy was based purely on his ethnic appearance and that the police officers racially stereotyped him is likewise ridiculous,” he said, adding that some of his police colleagues present on the night were “of ethnic minority backgrounds” and they, too, reject the suggestion that this was “a racial incident”.   Given he has retired, Burgum cannot face disciplinary proceedings. However, the other five officers, who all remain at the Met, could be subject to a misconduct hearing. The Met declined to say whether it would hold such a hearing.   “As is normal procedure, we will consider the report’s finding and associated evidence and respond to the IPCC within the statutory 15 working days,” a Met spokesman said.   If the Met decides against holding the hearing, the IPCC has powers to compel the force to do so. Asked if the watchdog planned to use that authority, an IPCC spokesperson said: “We’ll cross that bridge if we come to it.”   Kennedy-Macfoy’s solicitor, Shamik Dutta of the firm Bhatt Murphy, said: “In light of the IPCC’s findings we now look to the CPS and the Met police commissioner to properly consider all the evidence that has been gathered and to make a decision which does justice to that evidence.”   The IPCC and Met have clashed over the Kennedy-Macfoy case before.   His complaint was initially investigated by the Met’s professional standards department, with arm’s-length supervision from the IPCC. That internal inquiry provisionally concluded no police officer should face disciplinary or criminal proceedings.   The IPCC then took the unusual step of rejecting the Met’s inquiry in its entirety, initiating the fully independent investigation. It is that inquiry that, after almost two years collecting and analysing the evidence, concluded six officers have a case to answer for racially-motivated misconduct.   View the full article
  13. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/psni-justified-in-using-tasers-and-baton-rounds-against-man-armed-with-machete-swords-in-antrim-34562852.html
  14. The United Nations will condemn and publicly shame the Government in May for allowing police to use 50,000-volt stun guns on children, as well as stopping and searching toddlers. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/united-nations-warns-uk-government-to-stop-tasering-children-a6872591.html I'm actually lost for words, especially as the indents used as examples mainly involve knives. Mail glad the UN has solved world hunger, for those wondering she is mentioned...
  15. Tube stabbing 'terrorist incident' Image copyrightPA Image captionA number of people were threatened at the Central Line station A stabbing at a Tube station in east London is being treated as a "terrorist Stabbing at Tube station in east London, in which one man was arrested, treated as 'terrorist incident', police say http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35018789
  16. A customer has been stabbed to death in a Poundland store in Oxfordshire. Witnesses said a man carrying two knives was Tasered by police after running from the discount shop in Bury Street, Abingdon, at about 11:20 GMT. Staff at a nearby Spar store said they barricaded themselves inside as the man tried to gain entry, before he was restrained by the police. A 36-year-old man, who is from Abingdon, has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Updates on this story and more from Oxfordshire Kash, who works at the Spar shop, said after the stabbing a man tried to push his way into the store. 'Terrible incident' He said: "He approached with two knives in his hands and he tried to enter. He said 'I just want to shake your hand' and we held the door closed. "Then a policewoman caught up with him and Tasered him." Poundland chief executive Jim McCarthy said he was "shocked" that one of the company's customers had been killed. He said: "Our sympathy and thoughts centre on the family of the deceased and of course with other customers and colleagues who were in the store at the time of this terrible incident." Supt Rory Freeman said: "Members of the public will understandably be shocked and upset by this incident today, which has happened in a very public place. "At this stage, this is not being treated as a terrorist incident." A second man nearby suffered a minor injury to his thumb. Thames Valley Police are investigating whether the incidents were connected. Joanna posted on Twitter: "Watching everything that happened today in Abingdon from my office window was terrifying. Rest in Peace." The leader of South Oxfordshire District Council John Cotton said on Twitter it was "dreadful news" and praised the quick response by police. A local trader, who did not want to be named, said: "People are absolutely devastated. Normally it's a very busy vibrant market, but everyone has gone home." BBC: Full story
  17. A man who suffered a cardiac arrest after being Tasered by police has said officers should be banned from using the stun guns after a court ruled he was the victim of excessive force. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/nov/03/police-taser-victim-calls-for-ban-negligence-ruling-merseyside?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Add_to_Firefox
  18. Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34511532 I find it more disturbing that there are "experts" making the huge leap from looking at contextless figures to these kinds of conclusions seemingly without basis. For these conclusions to have any basis, there has to be an assumption that officers who have been very carefully selected and trained are actively going out on patrol looking for individuals to taser based on nothing more than their race - the fact that each deployment is so heavily scrutinised seems to be lost when these experts make these brash statements... What should be worrying people is that fact that taser has been deployed in these situations when an officer has felt it is required as per their training and national policy. If they are being deployed outside of these and unnecessarily, then I could understand these conclusions. Given anyone can violently attack anyone (including a nine year old boy as either the victim or aggressor), then how can the taser not be justified if the threat was there? Isn't the human right to preserve life is the priority here? More effort should be made to reduce the number of violent situations - I can only assume that it is far easier to blame officers than deal with the real issue of the cause of these violent confrontations in the first place. Note: I present that as my assumption rather than a fact...
  19. A man was shot by police after officers twice used a Taser to try to restrain him, Scotland Yard has said. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/oct/08/london-police-shoot-man-after-taser-shocks-had-no-effect
  20. Three police forces have acknowledged security concerns over their storage of highly sensitive crime videos on computers owned by a private company. Sky News: Full story
  21. Police also agree to pay legal costs in region of £90,000 to John Naylor and Darren Corbridge following August 2010 incident Dorset police are to pay more than £100,000 in compensation and legal costs to two men Tasered and pepper-sprayed by officers at the end of a stag night in Weymouth. Brothers-in-law John Naylor and Darren Corbridge will receive five-figure sums each and the police have agreed to pay legal costs in the region of £90,000 following the incident in August 2010, a lawyer for the men said on Thursday. Naylor, 53, and Corbridge, 40, had been celebrating with groom-to-be Stewart Roberts, who was in fancy dress as a set of male genitalia. They were struggling to get him home at a taxi rank when Corbridge asked police to help. But a fracas broke out between a large group of revellers and several police officers who were on the scene. CCTV of the incident showed a police officer using a stun gun on Corbridge as he lay on the ground as two other police officers looked on. His body can be seen convulsing and flipping over. Naylor was also Tasered in the leg and both men were pepper-sprayed. “The use of Taser was inappropriate,” said Sophie Khan, the lawyer who brought a civil claim against the police on behalf of the two men. “There were officers already there. If they thought they had done something wrong they should have restrained them and taken them into custody. Tasers are supposed to be used in life-threatening situations.” Naylor and Corbridge sued the police for false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, assault and battery, personal injury, excessive use of force and reputation damage, Khan said. The case was due to reach trial in August, but the force settled out of court. A Dorset police spokesperson said: “Dorset police can confirm that an out of court settlement has been reached, with no admittance of liability. It is not our practice to comment on the settlement amount.” Naylor and Corbridge saw their convictions for attacking the police during the incident quashed in 2012. At the time, Corbridge, the owner of a kitchen company and a father of three, told the Dorset Echo: “Whilst I was being Tasered I thought I was going to die. It was the most frightening experience I have had in my life and I will never trust the police again.” Naylor, a mechanic, said: “I’ll never forget being Tasered. Imagine an electric shock and multiply it by 20. It was terrifying.” The settlement follows Theresa May’s decision earlier this month to launch an investigation into the safety of Tasers, which were used 10,062 times across England and Wales in 2014. The home secretary ordered the review of detailed medical evidence about the effect of the devices after the the case of Jordan Begley, 23, whose death was linked to the use of this “less-lethal weapon” by a coroner last month. Scotland Yard deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu, who leads on less lethal weapons for the National Police Chiefs’ Council, has asked for the detailed medical evidence in the case to be referred to an independent body to “determine if it is necessary to amend their advice of the safety of this weapon”. Children as young as 14 and pensioners as old as 82 have been among those to feel the shock of the Metropolitan police’s X26 Tasers last year. Khan, partner in Sophie Khan & Co which specialises in Taser-related injuries, said the case of Naylor and Corbridge showed that “when you give officers Tasers there is a real risk this will happen to innocent people and there will be an uncontrollable use of force with serious consequences”. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jul/16/two-men-tasered-and-pepper-sprayed-by-dorset-police-to-get-100000-payout
  22. Two police officers have been injured - one seriously - in an attack involving "electrical power tools". Devon and Cornwall Police said the men were hurt when they responded to reports of a man making threats to another resident in Kingsbridge, Devon, at about 17:00 BST. A 53-year-old man, named locally as Stephen Yabsley, was arrested on suspicion of assault. Both officers sustained arm injuries and had operations in hospital. _____________ I'll say it before anybody else does; taser. I hope that both officers make a speedy recovery! Source and full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-32728531
  23. A 73-year-old reserve deputy in Tulsa, Okla., is under investigation after he shot and killed a suspect earlier this month when he mistook his handgun for a Taser, authorities say. But the incident also is gaining national attention because other deputies can be heard on video berating the suspect, Eric Courtney Harris, 44, after he had been shot by Tulsa County Reserve Deputy Robert Bates. The shooting occurred on April 2 in Tulsa during an undercover sting operation. Days earlier, Harris, an accused felon, had sold methamphetamine to an undercover officer, During the sting, he tried to sell an illegal handgun to an undercover officer in a vehicle. As police pulled up on the scene, Harris jumped out of the car and ran. An officer caught up to Harris and Bates arrived moments later. As officers try to restrain Harris, Bates can be heard yelling "Taser" before a shot rings out. Bates then immediately apologizes. "Oh! I shot him! I'm sorry!" Bates can be heard saying on video. "Oh, God. Oh, he shot me," Harris yelled. Harris then complains that he's losing his breath, at which point a deputy can be heard saying "F--- your breath." Harris was taken to a hospital, where he died about an hour after the shooting, CNN reports that Tulsa Police Sgt. Jim Clark, who has been brought in to review the case, said Bates "inadvertently" shot Harris and described Bates' actions as "slip and capture": Quoting Bill Lewinski, executive director of the Force Science Institute, Clark further explained: "These are mistakes that are made when you think you are doing one thing but you actually are doing another, and the result often is directly opposite of what you intended. In effect, your intended behavior slips off the path that you want it to go because it is captured by a stronger response and sent to a different direction." Clark also defended the deputy heard berating Harris, saying that it's likely he didn't hear the gunshot because he was so focused on restraining Harris. He said the deputy thought Harris was out of breath from running. "It is my opinion, after reviewing all the facts and circumstances of this case, [the state's excusable homicide statute] was applicable in this incident," Clark tells the L.A. Times. "Reserve Deputy Bates did not commit a crime. Reserve Deputy Bates was a victim, a true victim, of 'slips and capture.' There's no other determination I could come to." The case has been referred to the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office, which will decide whether to file charges, the Times reports. Harris family said in a statement it doesn't think it's "reasonable" to believe Bates mistook a handgun for a Taser. "We do not believe it is reasonable for a 73-year-old insurance executive to be involved in a dangerous undercover sting operation," the statement says. "... We do not believe it is reasonable - or responsible - for [the sheriff's office] to accept gifts from a wealthy citizen who wants to be [a] 'pay to play' cop." http://www.cleveland.com/nation/index.ssf/2015/04/oklahoma_reserve_deputy_mistak.html
  24. The Met Police has been ordered to pay £400,000 in legal costs after it "unreasonably" used a Taser on a man. Daniel Sylvester, 53, was stopped three times in nine months by police. On the second occasion, when Mr Sylvester was near his home in Edmonton Green, police used a Taser, sending him falling to the ground in agony. A jury at Central London County Court awarded him damages of £8,200 for false imprisonment and assault, and for post-traumatic stress disorder. The court heard the Met's own legal costs of defending the claim are about £150,000 and that Mr Sylvester's will come to at least £250,000. The Met would have to foot the entire bill, the judge ruled. The Met said it was giving "serious consideration" to appealing against the decision. 'Like you'll explode' Earlier the court heard Mr Sylvester was stopped three times between 2007 and 2008 by heavily armed police. His car, a Mercedes 4x4, used to belong to a "violent drug-dealing gangster", the court heard. Mr Sylvester, a 29-stone (184kg) security company boss, said he was boxed in by police officers near his home who Tasered him when he got out of his car. A Taser stun gun uses a 50,000-volt charge to incapacitate its target. Mr Sylvester told the jury: "The pain was nothing like I have ever had before. It was like all your nerves and nerve endings have electricity going through. "It's like you're going to explode, all through your body, from the head to the toes. Police did not find anything during any of the searches of Mr Sylvester or the car. He sold the vehicle after he was followed and stopped a third time in Dalston. Judge Simon Freeland said the father-of-seven had been successful in "establishing the tort of false imprisonment" which he said was of "real constitutional importance and significance". He added: "The deprivation of his liberty may only have lasted for a few minutes but it was strenuously denied by the police. Mr Sylvester has established that he was assaulted. In my judgment, he has established it in a very significant way." The judge said the jury was "not satisfied" the use of the Taser was a reasonable response. Mr Sylvester said: "I'd give one of those officers my compensation if they agreed to have done to them what they did to me, to know how it feels." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-32058565

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