Police Use of Tasers

By: Able Defence Lawyers  11-Apr-2012
Keywords: Lawyers, Legal Advice, Criminal Law

Police use of Tasers

In recent weeks we have heard about police use of tasers where a man died.  Tasers were meant to be used to prevent the use of guns being used in dangerous situation.  They are not designed to be used to prevent someone from escaping or running away.  The training of police in self-defence and their understanding of the law may not always be present.  In a recent court case we were involved in a young police officer admitted to the court that he knew the law of when he was allowed to do something but had no idea of the law when he was not permitted to do something as simple as a breath test.  This is a frightening example of how young police can make mistakes.  There seems to be a lack of supervision and training to ensure that young police understand and know the law sufficiently to carry out their duties.


There have been occasions when police fail in their basic duty of care to the public and the people they are supposed to protect and serve.  Whilst many police have a difficult job and try extremely hard to do the right thing, there will always be some who take advantage and have no interest in remembering what their role in the community is.


The hardest thing about situations when Police have not done the correct thing legally is proving it.  We have the advantage in knowing how the Police operate, coming from a police background.  I also have taught at the NSW Police College and know what training police receive and what training in the field they should be receiving.  If you are not sure of your legal rights and whether the police have acted properly in your case, contact us.  We are happy to provide you with advice and assist you.  Call us on 1300 859 713.

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