NEWS:Met faces landmark ruling for 'unlawful' mass roll-out of Tasers
Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:00 PM
Scotland Yard is facing a High Court action over a decision to put Taser stun guns in all response cars in London.
The Met Commissioner is accused of acting unlawfully by approving the mass deployment of the weapon without public consultation.
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and the Mayor’s Office for Policing face the legal challenge amid growing concern among politicians and rights campaigners about the safety of Tasers, which send out a 50,000-volt shock and can temporarily disable suspects.
Sir Bernard announced the roll out after four unarmed police officers were seriously injured as they tried to disarm a maniac with a knife in a butcher’s shop in Kingsbury in 2011.
The action against the Met is being brought by a 26-year-old man who claims to have suffered breathing difficulties after he was Tasered by officers in November 2011. His lawyer, Sophie Khan, said the anonymous man is already suing for assault, battery and inhumane and degrading treatment.
She told The Times that her client, who was Tasered when being recalled to prison for breaching his bail, is seeking a judicial review of the Met’s Taser introduction. Ms Khan, who specialises in actions against the police, said that the Met had not taken account of health and safety concerns.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission watchdog announced an investigation last week after a 44-year-old man died three months after being shot with a Taser in Stoke-on-Trent.
Last month a Freedom of Information request revealed that complaints about Tasers across the UK had risen to one every three days. Complainants included a 14-year-old who was accidentally shot by officers in Nottingham and a “good Samaritan” who was trying to help police.
Rank and file officers say the use of Tasers has reduced the number of assaults on police and make the public safer. But critics say the health effects are still unknown and there are fears that they are being used when a suspect could be brought down without them.
Previously around 800 Tasers were used by specialist squads of riot police or firearms officers. Now, around 6,500 are being deployed across the capital.
Christ I hope this lawyer losses the case.
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Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:14 PM
I also can't see her client being the one whom is actually seeking the judicial review into the METs taser introduction.
Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:38 PM
Sophie Khan, the enemy of every right thinking person. There's not many people where I'd use the word hate, but for her I'd make an exception. Mine and your tax "dollars" at work.
Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:50 PM
Shophie Kahn... the poor dear's only trying to make a living.
Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:08 AM
Wow the Media are going to love this. I wonder why we get upset with the media and people like miss Khan, it's so obvious. The media like stories and Lawyers love publicity and money.
Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:18 AM
Would Ms Khan not be better off having a pop at those who run outside the law.
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