The use of taser guns seems to be shooting off the scale these days;
The data released by Parliament reveals that the number of taser incidents involving children has multiplied 11 times in the past six years. Since 2007, police were cleared to use the high voltage stun guns on under-18s, the number of cases involving children has jumped from 27 in 2007 to 323 in 2011. In the past three years, at least six children aged 14 have been shot with the 50,000 volt devices. Four 15-year-olds and 13 youngsters aged 16 have also been stunned by police with children as young as 11 reported to have been threatened. One girl aged 12 was shot with a taser by police in St Helens after she brandished knives and threatened to hurt herself.
What is your view of this increasing use of tasters on children? Part of me thinks it is horrific and a monstrous use of police force but another part wonders if by the judicious use of such, the lives of these children were saved? In the moment, could this use of force be justified? I wonder how a 12 year old girl can ever be tasered, regardless of what she “threatens”, don’t you?