Only one-third of people stunned or threatened with Tasers by NSW police were armed at the time during a controversial 2008 trial of the weapon.
When he announced the trial the Police Commissioner, Andrew Scipione, said the weapon would be a valuable replacement to the use of lethal force by police, but data obtained under Freedom of Information shows that most of the time Tasers were used the target was unarmed.
Tasers were introduced to NSW police in 2001 but were used only about 50 times by two specialist units until the 2008 trial, when sergeants and inspectors at each of the 80 police commands were given access.
Today 8000 police officers are trained to use the weapon. Since its introduction, 26 officers have been disciplined for not following police operating procedures, and the NSW Ombudsman has received 14 complaints.
Here’s an idea. Obey the law. Or offer a better bribe.