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Another take on the Palmerston tasering

By johnboy - 5 June 2013 23

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This in overnight:

From: Jade
Subject: taser in palmerston

Message Body:

hi,

i was a witness to the tasering in palmerston on saturday night and i am appalled by your members comments on the story, the full story was not reported in the canberra times and it is discusting that your members feel that they have any right whatsoever to say that a person should have been shot and calling them a junkie, which in fact they are not. And that is slander. In fact the paramedics tackled the man in question and had him in a leg lock forcing his head into a gutter when they had been alerted to the fact he had recently had an operation on his knees, the police officers also tasered the man while he was in handcuffs on the ground posing no threat to anyone, the officer attempted to taser him three times, with the first hitting another officer.

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23 Responses to
Another take on the Palmerston tasering
caf 4:13 pm 05 Jun 13

bd84 said :

Being in handcuffs does not necessarily mean the person is subdued and thy can still be acting violently with other parts of their body.

Without wanting to comment on this particular case, I seem to recall that we were told when Tasers were introduced that they’d only be used in cases where otherwise firearms would have been required. I don’t think that if the Taser wasn’t available a firearm would be used on someone in cuffs, would it?

ScienceRules 3:50 pm 05 Jun 13

So Jade, on a scale of 1-10, how do you think that went?

bundah 3:12 pm 05 Jun 13

Ben_Dover said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Lol why would the ambos tackle him?

Drumming up work? They do that sort of thing you know.

Pack of bastards the lot of them.

Exactly and here i was thinking that ambos are my heroes and they’re apparently resorting to leglocks and other shenanigans,bloody mongrels 🙂

Oh and Jade thanks very much for the laugh although perhaps next time you could enlighten us as to why ‘the man’ was behaving like a berserk animal and needed restraining?

Holden Caulfield 2:34 pm 05 Jun 13

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Lol why would the ambos tackle him?

QUEENSLANDER!!!

Ben_Dover 2:01 pm 05 Jun 13

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Lol why would the ambos tackle him?

Drumming up work? They do that sort of thing you know.

Pack of bastards the lot of them.

bd84 1:50 pm 05 Jun 13

The additional information is no more the full story than the press release by ACT Policing.

I highly doubt that the ambos go around tackling people for the fun of it nor request urgent police assistance without reason.

Whether or not the person has had surgery on his knees recently is irrelevant if that person is a danger to themselves or others. Tackling them seems to be a reasonable course of action to attempt to restrain him from hurting people. Apparently it didn’t work and was still being violent and a taser needed to be used. Again sounds reasonable (alternatively they could have shot him or beat the crap through him). Being in handcuffs does not necessarily mean the person is subdued and thy can still be acting violently with other parts of their body.

If they were lying there still and compliant, you may have grounds for complaint.. Thoroughly the proper channels..

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 1:34 pm 05 Jun 13

Lol why would the ambos tackle him?

gospeedygo 1:20 pm 05 Jun 13

carnardly said :

discusting?

okay…..

To keep my faith in humanity in check, I took that as a pun on the comments section.

carnardly 12:56 pm 05 Jun 13

so do feel free to tell us why your friend assaulted an ambulance officer? What did he do that the ambos needed to call the cops on him?

That’s what we want to know.

Stevian 12:54 pm 05 Jun 13

esp said :

… “with the first hitting another officer”
that has so brightened this rather dreary day……

agreed

esp 12:10 pm 05 Jun 13

… “with the first hitting another officer”
that has so brightened this rather dreary day……

peitab 11:15 am 05 Jun 13

I suspect there’s even more to this story than the original post and Jade’s post above. Leaving aside the issue of police tasering, I still can’t support the person’s actions in threatening and assaulting ambos and police. Why should the ambos have to be careful of the guy’s tender knees if they’re under assault? How about the guy does the right thing in the first place and not assault people who are being paid to care for the community?

Ben_Dover 11:11 am 05 Jun 13

Dear Jade,

That’s a good try, but you’d be better off keep your creative retelling of the story to your facebook friends. They are more likely to fall for such utter guff.

“In fact the paramedics tackled the man in question and had him in a leg lock forcing his head into a gutter”

That’s my day brightened up no end, thanks for the laughs.

carnardly 11:08 am 05 Jun 13

discusting?

okay…..

Dilandach 10:55 am 05 Jun 13

I’m interested in what the ‘full’ story is seeing that there was nothing in that email to explain why tasering was needed as an option at all. There really is no justification for assaulting people who are just doing their job especially when the job is to actually provide help.

It’d only be slander if he was named and if the ‘junkie’ tag was touted as a fact not an opinion.

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