Saturday, 13 February 2016

Government to be questioned about taser use against children

"The United Nations will condemn and publicly shame the Government in May for allowing police to use 50,000-volt stun guns on children, as well as stopping and searching toddlers."

"The Government faces a six-hour grilling in Switzerland over the extent of its compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which the UK signed in 1990 and ratified the following year."

"The last time the UK was measured up against the convention, in 2008, the UN said that it wanted England and Wales to treat `Taser guns and AEPs [attenuating energy projectiles] as weapons subject to the applicable rules and restrictions and put an end to the use of all harmful devices on children.` British police started using Tasers in 2003."

"Police use of stun guns has increased since that hearing, with 38 per cent more incidents in which they were aimed at children in England and Wales in 2013 than the previous year. Tasers fire two darts, and temporarily disable their targets with a five-second discharge of 50,000 volts that contracts the muscles and bewilders the nervous system. "

"A UN source said the UK has been asked to provide data on police Taser use, as well as the number of rubber or plastic bullets that have been fired at children. The source added: `Members do intend to raise the issue, along with stop and search and the appropriate use of force, especially regarding adolescents`."

The majority of suspects tasered by police are mentally ill.

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