The Metropolitan police offers may be using tasers "too readily" in situations, a London Assembly member has claimed.
Responding to the news that the force had increased its use, the Green Party's Jenny Jones said:
I am deeply worried that some officers are using it to force compliance with instructions, which is exactly what the Met Police promised would not happen.
Their argument for the taser roll out was that it would prevent many injuries to officers, but given such a large rise I worry that they might be using tasers when they would normally defuse situations by more peaceful means.
The dramatic increase in the number of times officers are drawing this weapon but not firing it, makes me worry it is being used too readily to force people to comply or face being tasered.
Jones called on the Mayor to challenge the Commissioner about the increasing use of Tasers.