posted on Jun, 3 2013 @ 12:08 PM
Now that does sound really really horrendous..! However according to the police the 12 year old girl was allegedly armed with two knives and was
behaving aggressively. They deemed her to be a threat to herself and others...
The force said the gun was fired to prevent her "causing serious harm" to herself and others.
Simon Chesterman, of the Association of Chief Police Offices (ACPO), said from what he read about the case the Taser may have saved the girl's life.
However, Mr Chesterman who is Deputy Chief Constable of West Mercia, added it "does sound awful".
Mr Chesterman, who is ACPO's lead for armed policing, was commenting after a Freedom of Information (FOI) request revealed the shooting.
He stressed the Taser remained the "quickest, easiest and least injurious" measure of stopping people posing a threat to the public.
"I'm not saying Tasers are risk free... but the risk from the electricity is very low," he said.
He added: "When you hear a 12-year-old being Tasered, it sounds awful. It doesn't mean it wasn't lawful, but it does sound bad.
"From what I've read about that particular case, the individual was intent on self-harming. It may well be that Taser saved her life.
From things I have read it seems that tasers are more harmful than many think. There have been doctors who have spoken out about tasers saying that
they can have massive detrimental effects on the heart. And not just the heart. I remember watching a documentary about tasers a while back I will try
find it. It said something about how the length of period that you are tasered for has certain detrimental effects on the body. And can also have
effects in the long term too..
But with not much detail coming from this article. We can only speculate that police are informing the media correctly and the girl may indeed have
been posing a threat to herself and others. However just the thought of a young girl being tasered is more than enough to make me cringe. If there are
any more updates I will try and post...