Police use their Tasers on black people for longer, according to a watchdog report which looked at cases including the deaths of 16 people.
The investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct also flagged concerns about the increased use of Tasers on children, the mentally ill and pensioners.
All people likely to be unwilling or incapable of following orders and complying with the police, you mean? Well, I never...
...it spelled out 'missed opportunities' for police to de-escalate the situation before drawing the weapon.How do you 'de-escalate' a situation like this? Someone who is mentally ill and a danger to himself and those around him need to be brought under control first.
Michael Lockwood, IOPC director general, said: 'We recognise that Tasers are an important tool in policing.
'However, if the concerns identified in our report are not addressed, there is a risk the police will lose the trust and confidence of the communities they serve.'
Gosh, what a tragedy if the police lost the trust of the mentally ill and dangerous 'community'. Or the trust of the deliquent kids 'community'.
Deborah Coles, director of the Inquest charity, said: 'This review is welcome but the recommendations do not go far enough to create the systemic change needed.
'We don't just need more scrutiny, community oversight, or training or guidance. We need the IOPC, police chiefs and oversight bodies to hold police officers to account when they abuse their powers and to confront the reality presented by this evidence.'
Oliver Feeley-Sprague, Amnesty International UK's policing expert and a member of the independent advisory group to the National Police Chiefs' Council lead on Tasers, said: 'This should be a wake-up call to the police and the Home Office over the use – and misuse – of these potentially lethal weapons.'
Fine by me. Go back to bashing them over the head with a length of metal or putting a bullet in them.