Making the National news yesterday:
The use of a Taser by police on a man who had thrown a TV at them before setting fire to his home was “necessary and proportionate”, a probe has found.Armed police had been called to a disturbance at the 40-year-old’s home in Easter Ross in August last year. During the incident, the man also threw a dart, garden shears and a metal pole at the officers. Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) reviewed the use of the Taser in his arrest. Pirc’s investigation found the police actions were “justified in bringing the incident to a safe conclusion”.
Yes, yes, quite interesting…for the Ross-shire Journal, but not that interesting it seems
Now what would be interesting, perhaps informative, if you think that’s important?
‘8% of the population but only 2.5% of the police taser firing’
The use of Taser stun guns by police and England and Wales reached a record high last year, Home Office figures show. They were deployed in 23,000 incidents in the 12 months to the end of March – up by more than a third on the previous year and double the 2016 total. The weapons – which deliver a high-voltage electric shock – were fired on 2,500 occasions between April 2018 and March 2019, which is thought to be the highest number recorded.
What is the situation in Scotland, we wonder? Luckily the Daily Record had been on it for us back in February with the above headline employing imaginative ‘percentagisation’:
Police Scotland’s use of Tasers on suspects has risen by 400 per cent in three years, figures have revealed. Officers deployed the devices on members of the public 65 times during a 12-month period until March last year. The figure compares to 27 the previous year and 13 occasions in 2016. Human rights group Amnesty International expressed concern over the upward trend and said it was worried Taser usage was becoming part of “day-to-day policing” in Scotland.
‘Deployed’ doesn’t mean ‘used’ but never mind. If we take the 2 500 cases of firing in England and Wales and accept the 65 cases in Scotland all involved firing, we discover that Scotland has around 8% of the UK population but only 2.5% of the taser firing. Or, you are more than three times as likely to be tasered in England or Wales as in Scotland?
Has Amnesty International described the level of tasering in England and Wales as becoming part of ‘hour-by-hour policing’ there? Thought not.
Other Police Scotland stories missed:
Police Scotland, world experts on violence reduction, are now to advise The Met after helping the NYPD and Canada Police. Scotland’s media ignore the story in favour of anything negative they can find.