Death sparks calls for urgent review of Tasers
Published 06/10/2010 | 05:00
CIVIL Liberties groups and police watchdogs in Australia have called for an urgent review of the use of Taser stun guns following the death of a man in Sydney and the release of a video showing an Aboriginal prisoner screaming in agony after being "zapped" 13 times.
Police commissioner Andrew Scipione defended the "Tasering" of a Sydney man who died yesterday. He said the man, alleged to have carried out a sexual assault on a woman, had been brandishing two large knives and might have killed.
Western Australia's shadow attorney-general, John Quigley, said: "They're using the Taser as a weapon of punishment. They're using the Taser as a weapon of control. They're using it as a weapon of compliance. It was never so intended." (©Independent News Service)