Legal firm’s Taser warning

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A SHEFFIELD law firm is calling on police authorities to ensure all officers given Taser guns are given adequate training and guidance on their use.

South Yorkshire Police has over 230 frontline officers trained to use and carry the devices as part of their protective equipment.

In December 2009 the force expanded the use of Tasers to non-firearm trained officers and last year the devices were discharged 23 times. On another 76 occasions police with Tasers “red dotted” people as a warning the Tasers could be discharged.

Irwin Mitchell law firm has voiced UK wide concerns over the training given to officers who use Tasers nationally, after the firm represented a 34-year-old Leeds man shot twice with a Taser after he fell into a diabetic coma.