A Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) report has found that police were justified in their use of a Taser to arrest a man who they believed posed a threat to people inside his flat.
The 32-year-old was incapacitated by an armed officer using the Conductive Energy Device at the property in Dundee on 7 July 2018.
The PIRC report published today (Monday 17 January 2018) found that officers from Police Scotland had been initially called to the flat at 2150 hours the previous evening (Friday 6 July) following a report of a disturbance. When they arrived, officers quickly became aware that there were other people present in the flat.
The man reacted to the presence of the police by becoming aggressive and he threatened to stab anyone who came inside the flat. Officers then prevented anyone from entering or leaving the property and began to negotiate with him. They tried in vain for several hours to persuade the man to leave the flat. Eventually he became unresponsive, causing the officers to become concerned .
Armed officers then forced entry to re-establish communication with the man and ensure the safety of those inside the flat. At that time, one of the officers believed the man was going to get a weapon from the kitchen and the officer discharged a Taser to stop him, striking him on the back.
The man was immediately incapacitated, removing any threat to those inside the flat and the police officers present. The man was then arrested and later pled guilty to a breach of the peace.
The report found that the actions of officers were necessary, proportionate and justified in the circumstances, to ensure the safety of all those involved.
The incident was referred to the PIRC by Police Scotland for independent investigation on 9 July 2018. The investigation examined how police handled the incident and the decision-making around the use of the Taser device. No recommendations were made.
Read the findings of the report here.
Notes to Editors:
In terms of the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006, as amended, and the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Investigations Procedure, Serious Incidents and Specified Weapons) Regulations 2013, all incidents of Police Scotland’s use of firearms, including the discharge of an AEP Launcher, must be referred to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) for independent assessment.