On Wednesday 10th July 2013, a man was shot by a police Taser in Manchester, and subsequently died.
According to reports by BBC News, the police responded to a 999 call of a reported disturbance in Gorton of a man with a knife, and the Taser was immediately fired to detain the 23 year old man. Eight police officers were in attendance.
The BBC News article reporting the incident highlights statistics from the Association of Chief Police Officers, which show that 13,794 police officers are trained to use Tasers in England and Wales.
According to the BBC News Home Affairs Correspondent, the man’s death was the tenth to have occurred in England and Wales after use of a police Taser.
This incident highlights the deadly effects that use of this police weapon can have and reinforces increasing concerns in recent media surrounding the use of this weapon.
The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for investigation.
By Stuart Crook, solicitor in the actions against public bodies team
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