Priti Patel's taser shocker: The Minister of the Interior lets the police use "more painful" electric batons, which experts warn against could pose a risk to passers-by
- Scientists warned that Taser 7 could lead to more internal injuries and bone fractures
- It is up to the individual forces to buy the Taser 7 and train the officers for use
- Ms. Patel said the model was "a safe and effective tool for arresting criminals".
Priti Patel yesterday authorized police to use a more "painful" taser stun gun that could cause more serious injuries.
The Home Secretary has given the armed forces formal approval to use the new Taser 7 for the first time.
Their move came despite analysis by government scientists that the weapon could cause more suspects to suffer internal injuries and broken bones.
They also warned that passers-by are now at risk of being hit by probes causing the electric shock as the Taser 7 allows them to detach from the gun after firing.
Introduced in the UK in 2003, the taser incapacitates a target with a high voltage electrical pulse that causes muscle spasms.
The Taser 7 also makes a louder arc sound – a type of electrical crackle – before firing, which is aimed at pushing back violent suspects
The scientists said the Taser 7's probes are more powerful than previous models. This implies that they are more effective but "can be more painful to the subject".
They added that "free-flying probes … pose a hazard to bystanders and officers who are out of range of the subject in the event of a probe failure".
Once released from the muzzle of the gun, the probes can move up to 80 feet, the experts said.
Suspects shocked by the Taser 7 could be at an "increased risk of internal injuries," and such injuries could "be more common," the review continued.
The shock it generates can increase the risk of skull and other bone injuries associated with uncontrolled falls, and increase the risk of musculoskeletal injuries due to increased muscle contraction.
The probes have more momentum, so "the frequency of arrows penetrating the body to their full depth is likely to increase".
This means that "injuries to deeper organs and tissues can occur more frequently," added the Scientific Advisory Committee on the Medical Effects of Less Lethal Weapons.
Miss Patel said: "It is terrible that our brave police officers are subject to attack and assault when they work tirelessly to protect us all."
The analysis was published along with Miss Patel's announcement.
The Taser 7 also makes a louder arc sound – a type of electrical crackle – before firing, which is aimed at pushing back violent suspects.
Miss Patel said: “It is terrible that our brave police officers are exposed to attacks and attacks when they work tirelessly to protect us all.
“They are our protectors and I will do everything in my power to give them what they need to protect themselves and the public.
"This new taser model offers a safe and effective tool for arresting criminals."
The stun guns were used in 23,000 incidents through March 2019, but only 2,700.
It is up to the individual forces to buy the Taser 7 and train the officers for use.
Last September, the government announced a £ 10 million fund to significantly increase the number of officers carrying stun guns.
Standoff footage shows police officers wearing shields and armed with tasers
The National Police Chiefs Council said the new model "passed rigorous independent scientific and technical assessments".
The speaker's deputy deputy commissioner Lucy D & # 39; Orsi added that all officers patrolling a taser will have a body-worn video.
Amnesty International UK's Oliver Feeley-Sprague described Miss Patel's move as "extremely worrying".
He said: “The Taser 7 is said to be the most powerful stun gun ever put into the hands of the UK police. The launch comes at a time of growing concern about the abuse of tasers, including against children and people from ethnic minorities. "
A thorough review of the use of taser is "more urgent than ever," added Feeley-Sprague.