Weapon fire memory loss can be a form of amnesia
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.