Fishnut wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 19, 2023 9:06 pm
A bit more info
Opti wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 19, 2023 8:02 pm
I wasn't sure which thread to put this in.
There must be some strange situation occurring to warrant Tasering a 12 year old girl ... twice.
I look forward to any justification that is used to justify this.
. The incident occurred in January 2021 and a review occurred shortly after, which concluded that "no misconduct was identified".
The girl was in her own home
and tasered twice.
She was apparently "threatening a woman with garden shears and a hammer."
This is a scary situation to find yourself in and I can understand why police were called. But I find it very concerning that they had no ability to de-escalate the situation and instead tasered her.
The misconduct hearing is taking place and more details
are coming out. It seems that de-escalation wasn't even attempted,
PC Jonathan Broadhead fired his Taser at the girl twice within "approximately eight seconds" of entering her home in south-west London on 21 January 2021.
Giving evidence, Miss A said she feared the girl's behaviour may have been affected by consuming cannabis edibles, and said she called 999 after she started threatening her with the hammer and shears.
She claimed her daughter hit her with the hammer before police arrived, but said she was a safe distance away from her when officers got there and did not want her to be Tasered.
Ms Checa-Dover said "Child A is seen some way from the door, further along the hallway" and "appears to pick something up - now understood to be shears - from the floor".
She added: "The officer instructed her to put them down, which she did not do.
"She walked away from those present, moving up the stairs of the home.
"The officer didn't speak to Miss A to clarify the present situation or whether there was anyone else in the house; rather, he advanced into the house announcing he was a police officer with a Taser and soon thereafter using his Taser twice on her whilst she was on the stairs."
So, not only did he taser her while she wasn't posing an immediate threat to anyone, she was on the stairs
. An archived document [PDF
] from the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine (part of the Royal College of Physicians) explains that the taser,
...passed short pulses of electricity into your body. The electricity made your muscles contract (go stiff). You may well have lost balance and fallen to the ground.
Losing your balance and falling to the ground can be dangerous at the best of times, when you're on the stairs it's potentially lethal.
Oh, and according to the other officer on the scene, her running upstairs wasn't a scared girl trying to get away from some scary-looking strangers, it was her gaining a "positional advantage".
You won't be surprised to learn that her mum regrets calling the police,
Miss A told the hearing she wanted the police to convince her daughter to put down the hammer and shears "by talking to her".
She added: "I wouldn't have called the police if I knew she would have been Tasered."
Asked if the experience has affected whether she would call the police again, she said: "If a child's involved, yes."