Weapon fire mem­ory loss can be a form of am­ne­sia

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

A TYPE of am­ne­sia can cause po­lice to for­get how many times they fire their weapons, ac­cord­ing to a US taser ex­pert at the in­quest into the death of An­to­nio Galeano.

Richard Wyant gave ev­i­dence yes­ter­day at the Bris­bane hear­ing via video tes­ti­mony from Bal­ti­more, Mary­land.

Mr Wyant said it was not un­com­mon for a po­lice of­fi­cer to for­get the num­ber of times he pulled the trig­ger of a taser or a gun. He said the phe­nom­e­non was de­scribed as ‘‘ crit­i­cal stress am­ne­sia’’.

Mr Galeano died on the floor of his girl­friend’s home at Bran­don in June 2009, af­ter po­lice were called to a dis­tur­bance.

Se­nior-Con­sta­ble Craig Myles has ad­mit­ted to taser­ing the 39-year-old eight times, but the taser gun he used recorded 28 ac­ti­va­tions of the 50,000-volt de­vice.

The in­quest con­tin­ues in Bris­bane to­day.

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