Concerns have been raised over extreme techniques used by police to arrest suspects after the deaths of three people in custody during the past eight days.Raised, that is, by the sort of people who have never had to face the job of arresting and securing a person who doesn’t want to have that happen to him or her.
…Great Manchester Police officers were forced to use a Taser to subdue Philip Hulmes, a 53-year-old truck driver from Bolton, who had locked himself in his house. Mr Hulmes had reportedly begun stabbing himself in the stomach when police broke into his house; they stunned him because he was still violent, they said. He later died in hospital.Should they have just waited until he bled out, then?
I guess the usual suspects would have been A-OK with that?
Sophie Khan, a London-based lawyer with GT Stewart Solicitors, told The Independent: "I believe Tasers are being used far too readily by police forces. There needs to be a recognition that Tasers are a lethal weapon and should only be used in very limited circumstances, if at all."I’d have thought subduing a struggling self-harmer without further injury to himself or others certainly qualified, but what do I know..?
A spokeswoman for Amnesty said yesterday. "The tragic death of Philip Hulmes which has occurred just days after Dale Burns died after being shocked by a Taser reaffirms Amnesty International's concerns that these weapons are potentially lethal."Well, yes. They are termed ‘less lethal’ for a good reason.
But hey, anonymous spokewoman, if you would prefer they just shot him with a real gun instead, please let us know…
Update: Shocker, eh? Or maybe not.