01482 778 463

We're here to help 01482 778 463

CLAIM ONLINE
Hudgell Solicitors™ | Latest News | Point-blank police Taser use questioned by IPCC

Point-blank police Taser use questioned by IPCC

By Andrew Petherbridge, Licensed Paralegal, Hull.

Worries about how police officers are using Tasers

As part of my role within Neil Hudgell Solicitors is to deal with claims that members of the public raise against actions taken by police officers, I was alerted by a colleague recently to concerns that have been brought up by the Independent Police Complaints Commission about the use of Tasers. These were introduced into this country eleven years ago, as a non-lethal alternative for firearms officers who were facing down dangerous suspects. Over a decade later, each force now has officers authorised to use them in a much wider range of situations.

James Dipple-Johnstone, the IPCC Commissioner, has confirmed that his organisation has major concerns about their use in “drive stun mode”. Here, the Taser is applied directly to the body and the trigger pulled. When you normally see demonstrations of the use of these devices on TV, it is from a distance and is firing probes at the target. While officers were not trained to use the drive stun option, they were still being shown that the option existed. This causes pain without incapacitating the target and is used in almost a fifth of all Taser incidents. The IPCC concluded that this was “purely a means of pain compliance”, which will surely raise the eyebrows (and probably hackles) of many.

The Association of Chief Police Officers responded by claiming that point-blank firing was sometimes necessary. Interestingly, some of the smaller forces throughout the land were the more likely to use these devices. Equally, in several cases, it is clear that instead of “compliance” it led to what has been called “further resistance” by the person who has been so tasered. ACPO claim that there are circumstances where this tactic should be used, citing an example where an officer might be attacked while reloading.

Last year, Tasers were deployed almost ten and an half thousand times in England and Wales alone. Over 150 complaints have been received about their use in individual cases last year, and around one and a half thousand since they were introduced. Tasers have, on occasions, also been used against children or people with a mental disorder.

It must be noted that the Taser is “a valuable tool” in helping police to manage difficult and challenging situations, but forces must do more to guard against its overuse. Police officers have a difficult job to do, and of course the majority do so without problems and are quite rightly respected by society.  But, as in any walk of life there are some amongst their numbers (thankfully very few) whose actions can taint the reputation of the vast majority.

Working for a highly respected firm of personal injury solicitors, I regularly deal with people who feel they have valid claims for compensation because they have been subjected to unacceptable treatment in their dealings with the police. Like Mr Dipple-Johnstone and many others, I am alarmed by this increasing use of “a means of pain compliance” and hope that steps are quickly taken to overcome the potential issues outlined.

No Comments

Leave a Reply

*Required

The Author

author image

Andrew Petherbridge

Team Supervisor and Chartered Legal Executive, Civil Liberties

ap@hudgellsolicitors.co.uk

Request a callback

Request a callback from a solicitor

 I am an existing client.









Looking to see if you're eligible?

Get in touch for free legal advice

0808 159 7699

Call today to speak to an expert

OR
Start your claim

What Our Clients Think

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Overall happy with Hudgell service.

"Overall happy with Hudgell service. The only thing what I would suggest to improve is… "

Miss Izabela

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Due to a serious illness that …

"Due to a serious illness that progressively become life threatening due to a misdiagnocice. I… "

Mr Stewart Gowan

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

During the time of my claim Paul cain …

"During the time of my claim Paul cain has been brilliant at keeping me informed… "

Mrs Lynette Burton

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Excellent solicitors from start to …

"Excellent solicitors from start to finish. Highly recommended. Well be using them again in future.… "

Mr Michael Bentley

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Honest and reliable

"Honest and reliable. My solicitor was available whenever i needed to speak to her."

Miss Leanne Widdowson

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Very professional from start to finish

"Very professional from start to finish, kept me informed every step of the way."

Mr Alan Walter Driscoll

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

5 STAR SOLICITORS

"Excellent company I would without doubt recommend this company for the way they handled my… "

JASON NOONAN

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

I am extremely happy with the way my case has been handled

"I am extremely happy with the way my case is being handled and so far… "

Mr Dennis Stacey

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

When I had an accident at work

"When I had an accident at work, my next door neighbour told me to make… "

Mr John Bottomley

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Absolutely brilliant service from start …

"Absolutely brilliant service from start to finish. Was kept up to date with proceedings .… "

Mr Malcolm Smart

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

I couldn't praise hudgell solicitor's enough

"I couldn't praise hudgell solicitors high enough,I was kept in the know throughout my claim… "

Ashley

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Excellent service and really quick pay …

"Excellent service and really quick pay out. Would highly recommend them to friends and family...Thank… "

Mr Stephen Lawry

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Rebecca Cone was amazing

"Rebecca Cone was amazing! No delays No hassle No complications Quick turn over! Constantly been… "

Chelsea

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

I was extremely happy with the way my …

"I was extremely happy with the way my case was dealt with by Hudgell Solicitors.… "

Mrs Karen Chys

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Regular contact with client

"Regular contact with client, prompt response to any queries. Professional and courteous."

Mrs Catherine Wilson

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Friendly

"Friendly, efficient & supportive staff throughout"

Paul Westmorland

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Hudgell Solicitors helped me with my … Needle Stick Injury.

"Hudgell Solicitors helped me with my claim for a Needle stick injury which occurred in… "

Tammy Chivers

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Hudgell solicitors did a great job

"Hudgell solicitors did a great job. I was kept in the loop every step of… "

Ms Jemma Rex

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

I cannot thank Hudgel enough for all of …

"I cannot thank Hudgel enough for all of there help advice and support! Very professional… "

Mrs Amy Urwin

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

good contacts

"good contacts . nice system"

Mrs Paulina Kucharska

Rated 9.4 out of 10 based on 369 reviews

Powered by Trustpilot

© 2017 Hudgell Solicitors®. All Rights Reserved.

Hudgell Solicitors is a trading name of Neil Hudgell Limited | Director Dr. Neil Hudgell MA LLB (Hons) LLD | Registered in England No. 7078429 | Authorised and Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority | SRA No. 521372 | VAT Registration No. 254 7802 90