Scotland Yard Rejects United Kingdom Taser Plan, Says Scottsdale Devices May Spread Fear of Police
Reports from London don't predict exactly how Scotland Yard's decision would affect the UK's Home Office plan to spend eight million pounds on Tasers and distribute them to police forces nationwide. At least one English county department welcomed the idea, but the Met police, who patrol greater London, are the largest police force in the country.
News outlets repoted that the the Metropolitan Police Authority, which oversees the Met, issued a statement today saying the Met had "no intention of immediately sanctioning any increase in the availability of Tasers to officers in the Met."
The agency also stated:
The MPA recognises the potential to cause fear and damage public confidence if the use of Tasers is extended to non-specialist trained police officers and is perceived by the public to be indiscriminate.
Taser stock continued to climb despite the news (which seems to be under-reported so far in the United States, judging by a Google search), rising by nearly 7 percent. -- Ray Stern