Oz cops in Taser fatality
Victim naked, armed and now dead
A north Queensland man has died after being tasered by police officers during a "domestic incident", Australia's ABC News reports.
Police were called to deal with "a naked man was acting aggressively and destroying property at a residence at Brandon", according to a statement. He was allegedly armed with an iron bar and covered in blood.
ABC continues: "The 39-year-old man had allegedly assaulted another occupant of the residence and had damaged property and sustained cuts to his arm.
"It is believed that a Taser was deployed and that police managed to physically subdue the man. However, before the ambulance could arrive at the scene the man stopped breathing."
The statement concludes that attempts to resuscitate the man failed. Police are treating the incident as "a death in custody".
Queensland Police Minister Neil Roberts said the Ethical Standards Command was probing the death and the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) and the Coroner had been notified.
Roberts added that "the investigation into the man's death will examine whether a stun gun was used appropriately". He concluded: "We need to allow the full investigation of all of those agencies to take place and they will be focusing, I'm sure, very critically on the appropriate use of the taser." ®
Tazers are safe
I have had an electric shock and I am still alive, therefore Tazers are safe and don't kill people.
I think they could just have waited for the man to calm down but i expect they had been wanting to try out the tazers for some time. An opportunity not to be missed, I suspect.
You guys are all too soft
I say ramp up the voltage on the tasers so we have this same result everytime. The world would be a much better place if stupid people were actually properly tasered for being aggresive, threatening, menacing, etc.
It would make me cheer while watching Road Wars or Street Wars on the TV. Rather than shouting at the TV when some oik gets 10 hours community service and a 3 year driving ban (when he is already banned) for stealing a Range Rover, Driving into oncoming traffic at 90mph (possibly you and your children), Destroying a whole neighbourhood and threatening and kicking the officers who brought his fun to an end.
Seem to be a lot assumptions here about what people actually think, rather than actually reading the actual opinions presented/posted...[this is me saving my breath]
There is a laughable attempt to draw me into an argument above, but I honestly laughed so hard when I read it that I just couldn't come up with anything as funny when I tried to reply. In the end I left it to sit there festering like an angry boil.
Electricity does not do humans any good, even relatively low levels of it. Grab hold of a cow fence and see if you enjoy the experience. Oh no, hang on, better not do that actually, as there have been far too many deaths from doing that silly trick already.
There are those that advocate the use of electricity for all sorts of reasons, but they seem to be mostly people who have run out of other ideas. Quacks that advocate ECT for rehabilitation are a prime example of people who have run out of ideas: strap the patient down, fry a few brain cells, that'll cure 'em! Yeah, I know, its a highly complicated and technical treatment, and stupid people like me simply don't and won't get it.
I do think we should continue to explore other ways in which to incapacitate people who are deemed a threat to others...definitely. At the moment we have tasers. I don't like it though. That said, if someone came charging at me off his face on whatever and wielding an iron bar I would be extremely glad if a PC armed with a taser intervened and took the idiot down. "Hurrah!" for the copper I'd say! Nonetheless, that doesn't stop me believing that other methods should continue to be looked into. Just because smacking someone around the head with a cosh seemed to work years ago doesn't mean that we should continue to use the method for all eternity. Hopefully progress will be made and brutally electrocuting people will become just as unacceptable as smacking someone around the head with a cosh, but until then, tasers are in, and buggers with bars better watch out!