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Death sparks calls for urgent review of Tasers

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)

Irish Independent