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Tazers set to stun
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November 2011 at 18:54
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Bernard Hogan-Howe, esteemed Commissioner of the Met and all-round man of steel, has suggested that more tazers could be made available to officers across his Force. At the moment the popular scrote-zappers, nicknamed 'stun guns' in the press, are the preserve of specialist officers, including firearms teams. However, Bernie the Bolt infers that it might be useful if they could be easier to get hold of if you are an officer facing a deranged weapon-wielding maniac. Without tazers, there is an option gap between trying to baton the psychopath into submission, which involves getting up close and personal, and shooting them, which involves reputational risk, court cases and rioting. So you would think that most people would see tazers, which are rarely fatal, as a good thing to use against lunatics with machetes and samurai swords. But no, voices of dissent come from do-gooders in the London Assembly and even Jenny Jones, a Green Party member of the Metropolitan Police Authority. Where's the support when you need it? If a member of the Police Authority isn't prepared to back something which is clearly designed to protect the public, the officer and even the criminal, what on earth are they there for?
I don't know if Ms. Jones has taken the opportunity to accompany officers on patrol with only a small metal stick for self defence. Or maybe she's just been too busy pontificating about saving the planet to worry about some of its occupants. I'm sure Robo-Bernie could arrange something for her. If I hear anything, I'll let you know.
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