#AceGuestNews and Views – Scott Craig – VOR
The number of children tasered by London’s Metropolitan Police has risen almost six-fold in the last four years. The Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) says the stun guns were used on children 53 times in 2012 – up from just eight in 2008. VoR’s Scott Craig spoke to Paola Uccellari, Director at the CRAE.
Tasers deliver a 50,000-volt electrical charge into targets to incapacitate them.
Paola Uccellari, told VoR: “The use of Tasers on children in London has increased almost six-fold, between 2008 and 2012. Children were tasered 131 times in that period. In our view children should not be tasered at all.
So we are really concerned that there’s been an increase during this period.
“We can see that it’s particularly in the south London boroughs, children [there] are being tasered a lot more than in other areas of London. For us that shows that it is possible to police effectively without using tasers on children.
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has expressed concern at their use on children.
“The UN human rights bodies recognise that children should be treated differently. Because these weapons are dangerous when they’re used on children they should not be used at all.
“I think it shows that when there’s a determination to improve things with children, when there’s a concerted effort, things can change. We need to see a resolve to improve things for children in other areas.”
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