(2018-01-30) UK: Police Tasered Bristol man with mental age of seven [[United Kingdom // mental disability // autism]]

Published on January 30 2018 by admin


A disabled man was Tasered by police and charged with assaulting an officer in a case that collapsed when his mother discovered CCTV of the incident.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the footage showed “rather different” events to those claimed by Avon and Somerset Police.

The police watchdog said failure to gather the CCTV “fell below standard” but there was no wrongdoing.

It also recommended further disability awareness training for officers.

The police force said the incident had been subject to a “detailed and robust investigation” by the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) and there was no case to answer for misconduct.

Image copyright Laurels CCTV Image caption Police statements said Max stepped “towards them and pushed” a PC

Officers were called to The Laurels, a supported housing unit for vulnerable adults in Bristol, in August 2015 after reports of a cracked window.

Max, who has the mental age of a seven-year-old and whose name has been changed, had been drinking but staff said the “damage was caused accidentally” and they did not want to press charges.

The 28-year-old was arrested and charged with assaulting an officer after police said he pushed them.

Police statements said a bare-chested Max, who also has autism, stepped towards them and pushed a PC “double-handed in the chest with open palms” and the officer “stumbled back two foot” before the Taser was used.

The officers said they were in danger and did not know if he was carrying a weapon.






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