...and his refusal to drop it and surrender after four Taser shots had no effect?
She said: “It has been incredibly difficult for us to hear and see all the evidence. There was nothing to suggest that Lewis was aggressive or dangerous on that day,” she said.
What the hell were the police supposed to do when summoned by 999 calls about a man with an axe in the street?
Humberside police said it was “disappointed” with the jury’s conclusion and described the incident as a “split-second decision to protect the public”.
And I commend them for it. Some jury decisions are just perverse. If even the rabid IOPC couldn't find that the officers had acted unlawfully, how could they have reached this conclusion?
"In light of the IOPC's full and independent investigation, which came to very different conclusions to those of the jury, in that, they found that no police officers had either committed a criminal offence or behaved in a manner which would justify disciplinary proceedings, we now await further directions from the IOPC."
It's a baffling verdict. God forbid it makes the next armed officer facing a danger to the public hesitate.
But if it does, I really hope the danger in question is headed straight for a relative of one of the jury members...