A freedom of Information disclosure from Police Scotland shows ‘startling’ increase in the deployment of taser use in one year from 2019-2020 to 2020-2021.
Since the new period of 2021 to date Police Scotland have reported 207 on the 2019-2020 reported deployments. 2019-2020 deployments of 220 gives a mere 6% before hitting the 2019-2020 deployment amount, giving speculators a worrying and serious concern about what the 2021-2022 final CED (taser) deployment’s against the public that will be reported in the due time, and how many of those deployments when an incident has a genuine potential for conflict to warrant an individual having 50,000 volts shot into their brain and body.
Local Police frontline officers routinely deploy the (CED) Taser X2 device who are non fire arms officers.
As at 20th October 2021 there are 601 specially trained officer’s within Police Scotland (STO) are a non fire arm officer’s indeed they are frontline officers in local policing who “will routinely deploy” the Taser X2 device.
Changing days as the old fashioned Police truncheon is replaced for CED Taser assault on members of the public. Local officer’s masquerading as merely ‘engaging’ with the public which can actually be a stop and account and in some cases officers may be acting ultra vires, could result in conducted 50,000 volts energy device CED assault.
The NPCC claim the CED is a less lethal weapon designed to temporarily incapacitate a subject with an electrical current. It is one of several tactical options available when dealing with an incident with the potential for conflict.
NPCC state “Decisions to use force against a member of the public are never taken lightly and police officers always consider a variety of factors to ensure that it is lawful, proportionate and necessary. While officers draw on training and experience, they ultimately must make real-time, split second judgements to balance the vulnerability of the person against the risk of harm that they present.”
A standard stun gun or cattle prod can only be used at close range; Tasers can shoot someone from 20 feet away. Once the electrodes hit their target, the Taser sends a pulse with about 50,000 volts and a few milliamps. On its standard setting, the pulse cycles for five seconds before shutting off.
What 50,000 Volts Does To Your Brain
As far as the brain is concerned, it has been shown that it can cause short-term cognitive impairment. This basically means you can’t remember things or process new information very easily right after having your brain scrambled by 50,000 volts. The study was done on healthy, sober volunteers and they showed decreased testing results after being tased.
The electrical current hones in on the bodies’ musculoskeletal system, so the longer the charge, the more vulnerable the muscles become. Interrupting the conversation between the brain and muscles leaves an individual unable to get themselves off the ground.
This brings into question a suspect’s ability to waive or even understand when they are ‘read their rights’ directly after being tasered and further adds to the controversy.
As far as your body is concerned, the taser delivers the shock to your brain which interrupts the signals it is sending to the central nervous system that allows you to operate your muscles and essentially function properly. This will generally put even a full grown adult on the ground and the effects are also temporarily generally ranging from a 15-minute recovery to immediate.
One has to question whether 347 deployments of a CED (Taser being the brand name) of 50,000 volts through the brain and body are all necessary, reasonable and proportionate?