Thread: British cops tase knifeman
3/19/2015 3:01pm, #1
British cops tase knifeman
So, I just happened to watch this footage on YouTube where some cops in London taze what appears to be a mentally disturbed man with a knife: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFddlI9QHJk
To be honest, I felt a moment of "oh ****" while watching the film because it appears that the mental health guy is on his feet for a couple of seconds after he has been tazed and is waddling towards the officer. In this instance, things went OK, because the guy went down without hurting anyone, but for a moment there, it looked like he was about to get close to the officer while wielding his knife. Maybe he was already being affected by the taser since he was waddling instead of charging. If the guy had had a gun he probably would have had time to fire at least one round.
I haven't used a taser before but my impression of them was that if the hooks land properly you have immediate incapacitation. In this case, why would that not have happened? Would it have to do with placement of the hooks on the mental health guy? The insulating effect of clothing?
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3/19/2015 3:24pm, #2
3/19/2015 3:27pm, #3
First off, the cop walked within easy range of the guy with the knife, got his attention.
Second off, he was too close for optimal spacing of the darts.
Third off, he shot him from in front, when he could have stayed at a distance and shot him from behind, which is optimal and safer for everyone involved. Of course, this happened because he looked like he was trying to get around behind the guy...by walking right by him within lunge range.
To me, it looked like he didn't hit him with the TASER right away...I'd say he went down when he got hit.
If the darts are too close together, the incapacitation effect is smaller. Point blank shot is turns it into more of a "drive stun" which hurts like hell but won't necessarily put a guy down.
He did go down right away once the darts were in, which is what it looked like to me, more or less.
Glad nobody got hurt all the same.Falling for Judo since 1980
3/19/2015 3:29pm, #4
I've been TASER ed by an optimal shot, as a demo at TASER certification. In the back, darts about a foot apart or so, one in the upper middle back on one side, the other in the lower middle back on the other side.
No way was I doing anything but falling down, LOL !Falling for Judo since 1980
3/19/2015 3:33pm, #5
We had a case recently in Sandpoint, Idaho of a knife wielding woman who was shot instead of TASERed. Cop had his TASER out, she came forward, he saw the knife, he got out his handgun, and when she kept coming forward, she got hit by one cop with an M-4 and the handgun.
Local idiots thought they should have gone hand to hand with her. After all, cops have the deadly H2H, right ?
Neither cop was charged, rightly so. Oh, and she was drunk and cranked up and out, too.Falling for Judo since 1980
3/19/2015 4:36pm, #6
There were armed police on scene, this was right in front of Buckingham Palace there's loads of police everywhere armed and unarmed and of course there's the Queen's Guard behind the gates.
I think young copper (YC) thought he saw a chance to be a hero and grabbed it.
You can see YC circle around Mr Crazy at the start of the video and Mr Crazy turns, so he has his back to YC. I think YC then came over all have a go hero and decided to taze Mr Crazy while his back was turned.
After Mr Crazy goes down you see a second copper in a dark jacket come in from the left , he has a tazer drawn and when they focus in the footage later once Mr Crazy is down you can clearly see him and at least one other policeman have holstered hand guns.
I suspect they had a containment and a disarmament/ neutralisation plan, you can see the mounted police have already formed a cordon, but that YC went off script.
3/19/2015 4:55pm, #7
YC trying to be a hero... Well, let's see if that happens. If that were the case, somebody is going to get an ass-chewing or worse.Falling for Judo since 1980
3/19/2015 5:16pm, #8
YC may have got a bit of an internal bollocking, but nothing further than that.
The incident is actually nearly 2 years old and the Met played up their use of tasers as not only being tactically correct, but justifiable and restrained.
For context as to how close to Buckingham Palace this was and the obviously high level of security there was around, here's a photo of the cordoned off incident scene
3/19/2015 5:16pm, #9
3/19/2015 5:39pm, #10
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