Two men who were tasered by South Wales officers following an incident in which a taxi driver was threatened have had their complaint dismissed by the IPCC.
The watchdog said that both Jeffrey Evans and his son Geoffrey were liable to arrest following the incident and had posed a threat to the police on August 15, 2009.
Officers acted properly and with a proportionate level of force, the IPCC said.
Jeffrey Evans had complained that a barb from the taser had become embedded in his head. He received stitches to both his forehead and his nose.
Officers had attended the Evans’ family home in Neath after a taxi driver had dialled 999 to report that two men had racially abused and physically threatened him.
Jeffrey Evans later pleaded guilty to racially aggravated criminal damage while Geoffrey admitted to obstructing the police and racially aggravated Section 4 public order offences.
A statement from the IPCC said that the weight of the evidence suggested that both men offered aggression and resistance when officers attended at their property.
The statement added: â€œIt is clear from the accounts of those present that both Jeffrey and Geoffrey Evans were liable to arrest due to their behaviour towards the taxi driver.
â€œThe evidence obtained in the course of the IPCC investigation did not support Jeffrey Evans’s allegation that he was assaulted by officers. The evidence indicates that he sustained his injuries as a result of a taser-induced fall onto a hard surface and the officers gave appropriate medical assistance as soon as he was subdued.â€
IPCC Commissioner for Wales Tom Davies said that â€œvery seriousâ€ allegations had been made against the two officers and it had been right to investigate them.
But Mr Davies added after dismissing the complaint: â€œWe have found that the officers acted properly and used reasonable force to arrest two men who violently resisted arrest.
“The public expect police officers to respond to dangerous situations such as this and offer protection to those being assaulted. The police officers who responded that night were faced with two violent men who posed a threat to their safety.â€
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