Following representations from Committee Member Tom Brake MP, the Home Affairs Committee will hold a one-off evidence session on Tuesday 5 May to examine the use of Tasers by the police. The Committee will focus on the H0me Secretary's decision in November 2008 to allow Tasers to be used by non-firearms officers across England and Wales; and their use in public order policing, in the context of the Committee's ongoing inquiry into Policing of G20 Protests.
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Oliver Sprague, Programme Director, Military Security and Police, Amnesty International UK
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Assistant Chief Constable Simon Chesterman, Association of Chief Police Officers' lead for Armed Policing/West Mercia Constabulary
Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the Committee, said:
We are keen to address concerns linking Taser use to fatalites in the US, particularly in light of the recent Home Office decision to roll-out Tasers to thousands of frontline officers.
We will also look at how Tasers were used at the G20 protests: the first time the weapon has been used to police this kind of event in the UK."