Archive for the 'Royal family' Category

UK – Taser which transmits 50,000 electric volts to guard the Queen during her Jubilee walkabouts (2012-05-07)

Posted on May 7 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: Police officers protecting the Queen have been issued with controversial Taser stun guns in the run up to the Diamond Jubilee. Scotland Yard welcomed the adoption, arguing ‘The history of attacks on the Royal Family show that most are committed by what we call fixated persons using non-lethal weapons,’ – not terrorist […]

UK – Tasered youth at Royal Wedding party [in Falmouth, Devon] accuses ‘heavy-handed’ police (2011-05-11)

Posted on May 11 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “A teenager tasered by police at a Royal Wedding street party yesterday accused officers of ‘police brutality’ claiming he had told officers he was not resisting before being targeted on the ground … Footage taken on a mobile phone shows him on the floor being restrained by two officers after being hit […]

UK – Police tasered a partygoer after a Cornish Royal Wedding Street Party spiralled out of control (2011-05-01)

Posted on May 1 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: ‘Fun for all the family’ Street Party to celebrate the Royal Wedding in a small town in south-west England. Alcohol, students, a few noisy and obstreperous: “Everyone was having a really nice time: the guy who got tasered was just someone who came up and started throwing bottles, just one guy. When […]

UK – Police issued with Tasers as security is stepped in preparation for Royal Wedding (2011-03-20)

Posted on April 7 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “Tasers were issued to all members of the police Royal protection branch … in February 2010, after what was considered the single worst breach of Royal security in a generation at the riot in December. And the non-lethal electric-shock weapons will now be deployed at the Royal Wedding in April 29 2011. […]

UK – Police bodyguards to be issued with stun guns to protect the Royals from protesters (2011-02-07)

Posted on February 7 2011 by admin

Police bodyguards to be issued with stun guns to protect the Royals from protesters (2011-02-07)
[[GlobalShock: “Police officers protecting the Royal Family are being issued with controversial taser stun guns following the attack on Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, by student protesters last year.” The episode last year (see video link) was farcical: the Royal couple driving completely unnecessarily, escorted by police, into the middle of an angry demonstration of students against unviersity fees: “Off with their heads”, several shouted at the couple inside their Rolls-Royce, quite understandably.]]
Daily Telegraph, By Jason Lewis

The officers are to be given the “non-lethal” option to supplement the conventional firearms that they carry at all times while guarding VIPs.

Members of the Diplomatic Protection Squad, who guard the Prime Minister and other dignitaries, will also be issued with the stun guns which fire a dart into a suspect which can then deliver an electric charge of 50,000 volts.
The move follows widespread criticism of the actions of police bodyguards and their commanders after the Royal couple were attacked as they were driven through central London during violent tuition fee protests in December.
Armed protection officers remained in their vehicle and police outriders did not dismount from their motorcycles as the Royals were surrounded by as many as 20 demonstrators, chanting “Off with their heads” and “Tory scum”.
One window of the Rolls-Royce carrying the couple was smashed, the Duchess of Cornwall was poked with a stick.
Paint and dustbins were also thrown at the vehicle as it travelled down Regents Street on the way to the London Palladium for the Royal Variety Performance.
The image of the Duchess of Cornwall open-mouthed in shock as her limousine came under attack led to a review of the way the Royal Family is protected.
Asked whether the highly trained officers had considered opening fire on the protesters, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said they had shown “enormous restraint”.
But privately senior Metropolitan Police officers admit that they had been “virtually powerless” on the night the Royal couple were attacked.
The senior Royal protection officer on duty, Inspector Bob Fulton, was in the backup car cut off from the Royals by the crowd.
Police firearms rules prevented him from drawing his weapon, a standard issue ‘Glock’ pistol, unless “strictly proportionate” to protect the Royals from “violence which poses a real and immediate risk to life”.
The rules, drawn up by the Association of Chief Police Officers and amended last year, meant that even “pointing or aiming” a weapon at another person counts as “use” of a firearm.
Now, after a review of the Royal Protection Squad’s procedures, commanders have been told to use the option to arm officers with X26 Tasers to allow “informed decisions on firearms deployment”.
It is understood a new Strategic Threat and Risk Assessment suggests the weapons should be regularly issued to close protection teams. Tasers have a range of 21 feet and can be also used to deliver an electric shock to an assailant at close quarters.
Until recently, S014, the royal protection squad, had 20 Tasers but had only been issuing them to officers at “static protection posts on Royal premises”. It is understood the squad had opted out of issuing the stun guns to officers on close protection duties.
Diplomatic Protection officers from SO16 had also been using the weapons for “static protection posts and mobile patrols around diplomatic premises in Central London”.
Now new police guidance says that “the availability of less lethal weapons and tactical options are intended to provide officers, including those issued with conventional firearms, with a ‘differentiated use of force and firearms’.
“Less lethal weapons will, where appropriate, be deployed alongside conventional firearms and other less lethal technologies and options available to firearms officers.”
Last night a Scotland Yard spokesman confirmed “all armed units” in the Metropolitan Police now had “access to this less lethal option”.
The spokesman added: “A decision was made that carriage of Taser when required should no longer be an option.”
Last night former Royal Protection Officer Inspector Ken Wharfe, who was in charge of the security of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Prince William and Harry when they were children, questioned the thinking behind the decision to deploy Tasers in this way.
He said: “The Taser is ideally suited for dealing with disturbed people in a domestic environment. “Carrying a Taser will lead to confusion about which weapon to use.
“A Taser will just complicate issues and it is another piece of equipment which somebody has got to handle. When you are in a protection environment you want the least amount of kit possible.”

USA – TASER gets new orders, good publicity from Buckingham Palace incident (2013-02-08)

Posted on February 8 2008 by admin

[[Summary / Comments: As British police face major cutbacks in the Cameron “20% cut” budget, they are turning more to tasers to solve their problems: TASER CEO Rick Smith announces sales order of 16,000 cartridges (our estimate of value: about $500,000) to UK … TASER is clearly happy about the positive publicity resulting from the […]