It began as no more than a neighbourhood dispute.We've all been there, haven't we? Arguments with the neighbours that result in weapons being brandished, and the police called...
Jordon began rowing with neighbours, who accused him of stealing money and said they had called police.
One said he was sending five men over to beat him up. Mrs Begley, 48, dialled 999, believing her son was in danger and that the police would be able to help him.As you do...
She recalled: ‘Jordon walked into the kitchen and picked up a vegetable knife. I told the police he had a knife and men were coming to the house./facepalm
For reasons that are still unexplained, one of the PCs fired a nine-second Taser shot at Jordon’s chest. Jordon, who weighed 10st, was then restrained by other officers, handcuffed and put face-down on the floor.Whereupon he promptly expired. Now who feels silly, eh, Mrs Begley?
The inquest jury concluded that while an initial Taser shock did not cause his heart to stop, its use and the restraint used ‘more than materially contributed’ to a package of stressful factors leading to his fatal cardiac arrest.Well, could happen to anyone, right?
Jordon’s alcoholism and cannabis use contributed to his state of health at the time of his death, the inquest heard.Ah.
The jury added that police officers were ‘more concerned about their own welfare’ than Jordon’s.Yup, don't blame them in the slightest. I'm more concerned about their welfare than that of some underclass ex-doper and pisshead, frankly.
Mrs Begley said: ‘This is not about closure. It’s about making sure that no one else ever has to go through this. The only way that can happen is a fundamental review of Taser training guidelines.’No, the only way that can happen is for people to act like reasonable human beings, and not jungle savages.