Another fine example of how 'Tasers Save Lives'.
Police fired a 50,000-volt Taser into the head of a 45-year-old company director who later proved to be unarmed and innocent. Daniel Sylvester, the owner of an east London security firm employing 65 staff to guard council offices, pubs and nightclubs, was driving home on October 20 when he was stopped by armed police because of "firearms related intelligence".
According to Sylvester, he got out of his car and was surrounded by officers, at least two of whom were carrying automatic weapons. Without warning, one officer fired a Taser into the back of his head which made him drop to his knees, he said. A second shock caused him to fall on his face, breaking a front tooth. A further six shocks made him wet himself and left him lying in the road in pain while the officers and sniffer dogs searched the car and found nothing.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has started an investigation and David Lammy, Sylvester's MP in Tottenham, north London, has written to Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan police commissioner, to say he is "deeply concerned".
Look at the sort of idiot behaviour elicited from the police because the taser provides them another option, I guess instead of simply yelling, "Keep your hands in plain sight sir, you're under arrest!" It's always good to have options.
Oh well, it's nothing a $20 million dollar settlement won't sort out. Mr. Sylvester should be sufficiently compensated that he never has to work another day in his life and can retire in luxury to the south of France if that's what he wants.
American-style cowboy stupidity deserves American-style settlements.