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The family of a man who died after being shot with a police taser are demanding the devices are outlawed as new Home Office figures published today show use of the weapon nationally is rising.
Brian Loan, 47, from County Durham, was the first person in the UK to be killed by a taser in 2006. An inquest later ruled he died from heart complications that could have been brought on by the taser.
The family of a man who died after being shot with a taser are calling for the devices to be outlawed.
Brian Loan, 47, from County Durham, died three days after being shot with a taser in 2006. He was the first person in the UK to die after being shot with a taser.
An inquest ruled Mr Loan died from heart complications that could have been brought on by the taser. His sister, Barbara Hodgson, says the weapon should be banned.
The use of stun guns by police officers in England and Wales has more than doubled over two years, Home Office figures revealed.
- 2009: 3,128 deployments.
- 2010: 6,649 deployments.
- 2011: 7,877 deployments.
The percentage of uses where the stun gun does not make contact with the suspect has remained between 72% and 75%.
The Home Office is set to release figures that will show the use of Tasers rose dramatically between 2009, and 2010 and 2011, according to The Guardian.
- In 2009, stun guns were deployed by police 3,500 times
- In 2010 and 2011, this number more than doubled per year to 7,250 times
Figures due to be released today are expected to show a sharp rise in the use of stun guns by police officers in England and Wales.
The Home Office will release the figures at 0930 this morning. Newspaper reports have said the incidents of stun gun use has increased "dramatically."