For years alcohol was the main reason for police to draw their Tasers, but police use of the electric weapon against violent and aggressive drunks now ranks second behind mentally ill people which make up 36 per cent of all Taser use by police.
The NSW Council for Civil Liberties has called on NSW Police to improve training and find less confrontational ways to deal with mentally ill people.
“We really need to ask why police are using Tasers against people who are mentally ill,” Stephen Blanks, the organisation’s president, said.
“Surely there must be more appropriate ways to deal with noncompliant people who are suffering an episode.”
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Source: The Daily Telegraph