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Assembly in the dark on Tasers

By johnboy - 17 August 2011 11

The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Shane Rattenbury, has expressed concern that ACT Policing has announced a large scale roll out of tasers to front line police despite a motion of the Assembly calling for the release of a review into their use.

“In October last year the Assembly passed a motion requiring the Police Minister to report to the Assembly on the outcome of the ACT Policing Review into tasers.” Shane Rattenbury said.

“This morning the Chief Police Officer has revealed on radio that the police review was completed in February this year, and that police took a decision to roll out tasers six months ago.

“Given the Assembly’s motion, and how long ago the review was completed, it is extremely surprising that the Assembly first finds out the result on the front page of today’s newspaper. The Minister has failed to keep the Assembly informed in a timely manner.

But what will you do about it Shane?

[The Liberals Jeremy Hanson on the other hand is as usual racing to tell the CPO how great he thinks he is. Quite the one way bromance blossoming there.]

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Assembly in the dark on Tasers
what_the 4:17 pm 17 Aug 11

icantbelieveitsnotbutter said :

Ben_Dover said :

Shane would rather they were armed with Earthsolutions Aromatherapy lavender oil sprays…

+1 (I actually laughed out loud reading this one)

Ha ha ha I’m still laughing! Tazers, bring em on.

Henry82 3:49 pm 17 Aug 11

matt31221 said :

Getting a blast from a tazer sure beats a high speed lead injection if you were having an alcohol induced psychosis.

I was watching a video where a US police trainer said he would “choose a bullet over a Taser anytime” (obviously he’d been shot with both)

Personally, as long as their used as self defence, not unarmed non-compliance i dont really have an issue with them.

icantbelieveitsnotbu 3:35 pm 17 Aug 11

Ben_Dover said :

Shane would rather they were armed with Earthsolutions Aromatherapy lavender oil sprays…

+1 (I actually laughed out loud reading this one)

Ben_Dover 3:05 pm 17 Aug 11

Shane would rather they were armed with Earthsolutions Aromatherapy lavender oil sprays…

dvaey 2:47 pm 17 Aug 11

As part of the review conducted by the AFP, was any consideration given to the use of tasercams? These devices record audio/video from the point-of-view of the taser, so will provide justification or accountability for the officers who use them.

LSWCHP 2:15 pm 17 Aug 11

matt31221 said :

Getting a blast from a tazer sure beats a high speed lead injection if you were having an alcohol induced psychosis.

Yup. I decided a long time ago that I don’t want to be shot.

When my time comes for the alcohol induced psychosis followed by some “Clockwork Orange” style ultra violence in Civic on some future Saturday night (c’mon, we’ll all do it eventually), I would like to be tased by the responding police please.

dpm 1:31 pm 17 Aug 11

KeenGolfer said :

It’s hardly a “large scale roll out of tasers”. Team leaders (sergeants) only are getting them, most of whom would have a minimum of 10 years service. They are going to the most experienced police officers in the ACT, who are the ones who take control in critical incidents anyway, so it makes sense for them to have them as another use of force option.

Yeah, I think they mentioned 15 in total when interviewed this morning….
And of course, for those of us who are perfect and do nothing wrong (well, at least don’t try to attack the cops!), it won’t be an issue anyway! 🙂

Madman 1:16 pm 17 Aug 11

You could almost say that the assembly was “shocked”!!!!

matt31221 1:02 pm 17 Aug 11

Getting a blast from a tazer sure beats a high speed lead injection if you were having an alcohol induced psychosis.

KeenGolfer 12:56 pm 17 Aug 11

It’s hardly a “large scale roll out of tasers”. Team leaders (sergeants) only are getting them, most of whom would have a minimum of 10 years service. They are going to the most experienced police officers in the ACT, who are the ones who take control in critical incidents anyway, so it makes sense for them to have them as another use of force option.

busybee1991 12:45 pm 17 Aug 11

I hope they don’t start using tasers regularly on Thurday nights, I don’t think the mix of alcohol and electricity would be a good cocktail.

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