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Police: Tasers

Volume 699: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many persons have suffered serious or permanent injuries as a result of the use of Tasers by police officers in England and Wales. [HL1863]

We are not aware of any persons suffering serious injuries as a result of the use of Taser in the UK. The Defence Scientific Advisory Council's Sub-Committee on the Medical Implications of Less Lethal Weapons (DOMILL), an independent group of medical experts, examines all the available medical reports where Taser has been used in the UK and is content that the risk of life threatening and serious injuries from Taser is low.

However, no less lethal option is risk free. Any use of force carries some risk of physical injury.