Top Cop Gets Tasered

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Manchester’s top cop was tasered “in a bid to get them issued to frontline police”:

Chief Constable Michael Todd believes regular policemen and women should be given Tasers, which are currently issued only to firearms officers.

Of course, the tasering was done under controlled conditions by fellow police officers, possibly with medical help nearby, though one cannot imagine why this would be necessary. After all, according to the article, the tasers “should not be fatal.”

And notice the irony of this statement: “If I was carrying a weapon and about to attack a member of the public when this happened, I couldn’t have done anything at all, which is why it is important that we have them.”

2:10 pm on October 6, 2008