Police are using Taser stun guns on teenagers as young as 13 as they confront an increasing threat from young gangs.Use real guns. We aren’t short of lead, are we?
Officers are also using the weapons regularly against youths of 16 or 17 in high "gang activity" areas.
The majority of those targeted are under 30 but the statistics show two boys aged 13 and 14 have been confronted with Tasers in recent years.
The Met study says that on most occasions officers do not need to fire Tasers which fire a 50,000 electric volt charge into a suspect, temporarily disabling them. Often simply the threat of using the weapon - by aiming or "arcing" it or placing a laser red dot on the victim - is enough to resolve a stand-off.And they said kids were getting dumber. Clearly not!
The 13-year-old was confronted by Territorial Support Group officers who aimed a red dot at his chest before he backed down. At the time he had his hood up and they could not tell his age.What should his age matter? If he presents a threat, I’ve no problem if they light him up…
Some, mind you, need a bit more persuasion:
The 14-year-old was shot with a Taser after he ran over two police officers and then made a grab for an officer's handgun as he was being arrested in Battersea.I suspect it’s not his first offence, and almost certainly won’t be his last.
More’s the pity…