Police who Tasered a knifeman 11 times, hit him with a car and shot him ‘used reasonable force’ | London


Police who Tasered a knifeman 11 times, hit him with a car and shot him were using reasonable force, a watchdog found.

Met Police officers fired on Joseph Hive after he was seen wielding two blades in the street in Brent, north-west London.

When the Taser apparently had no effect, they then struck him with a patrol car before shooting him. Mr Hive, 30, was taken to hospital with chest and arm injuries after the incident on October 8 2015.

An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission found that officers had used “necessary and proportionate” force.

Officers reported that he had refused to drop his blades and was a danger to himself and others.

Officers were faced with a man armed with knives who seemed intent on using his weapons on a public street.

They needed to stop him from causing serious injury or death to them, a

member of the public, or himself.Taser was fired a total of 11 times. The man was found to be wearing extra clothing, which we believe reduced the effectiveness of Taser on at least one occasion.
Yet he still posed a real danger to officers, leaving them with no option but to use further force.

– Cindy Butts, IPCC Commissioner



Source : http://www.itv.com/news/london/2017-08-30/police-who-tasered-a-knifeman-11-times-hit-him-with-a-car-and-shot-him-used-reasonable-force/

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