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06 October 2010 :: 15:10:14 pm 42673

Public Outcry over Excessive Usage of Tasers by Aussie Cops

Video footage of an unnamed Aboriginal man tasered a staggering thirteen times by Western Australia police has promoted widespread criticism of the usage of such devices by Australian authorities.
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Perth, the 5th of October 2010: In the video, released as part of a report on the use of tasers by Western Australia police, an unnamed Aboriginal man is seen tasered an incredible 13-times over his refusal to undergo a strip search.

The incident reportedly occurred at a Perth Detention Facility in 2008 after the man had been arrested on unknown charges. The subsequent use of excessive force, branded as damaging to the states police force by the state’s premier, has angered a nation already divided over the implementation of the potentially fatal weapon into the nation’s police forces.

Closed circuit cameras in the facility recorded the incident, where the man was being restrained, initially without resistance, before being targeted with the taser after his aforementioned verbal refusal of a strip search. In the video the man appears to be reluctant to hand over his possessions to authorities, however, only begins to struggle or show signs of resistance upon being continuously stunned by a stun gun.

State Premier Colin Barnett condemned the incident as an “unjustified use of excessive force” while the state’s attorney general expressed surprise that no formal charges had been brought against any of the nine officers involved.

In addition, the attorney general promised to consider new guidelines over the use of the controversial tasers, which have been provided to police as an alternative to their firearms. The weapons are intended to be used only in life-threatening or uncontrollable violent situations.

However, detailed in the same report, was a worrying trend that law enforcement officers were using the potentially lethal devices in instances of minor non-compliance or resisting of arrest where the subject has already been restrained.

In Sydney, a man allegedly wielding two knives and threatening police later died after being stunned with the police issue devices, New South Wales police later reporting that they are “very comfortable” with the circumstances surrounding the mans death.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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