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Tasered suspect suffers ‘life-changing injuries’

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John Twomey

THREE police officers are being probed by the official watchdog after a tasered suspect suffered a life-changing injury.

The unnamed man, in his 20s, jumped over a wall, but plunged to the ground after he was hit by the 50,000 volt stun gun last week.

He was arrested for drugsrelat­ed offences and taken to hospital where his injury was assessed by doctors.

Sal Naseem, regional director of the Independen­t Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), said: “This is an extremely serious incident where, we understand, a man has suffered life-changing injuries.

“We are in contact with his family and will keep them and him informed, as we carry out our independen­t investigat­ion.

“Our role is to seek answers about what happened and share any learning highlighte­d by our investigat­ions. Our investigat­ion will look at all the circumstan­ces and consider whether there are any conduct or criminal matters.”


Detective Chief Superinten­dent Treena Fleming, of the Metropolit­an Police, said: “I have spoken with the man and a family member and have assured them that I am fully committed to supporting the IOPC investigat­ion.

“All police officers are fully aware that they will be asked to account for their actions – officers are not exempt from the law and we would not wish to be.”

Three officers have been informed they are under investigat­ion and have been placed on restricted duties.

Police are concerned the tasering in Haringey, north London, may cause tensions in the area.

Ms Fleming said: “An incident like this is very sad and will naturally provoke conversati­ons community.

“I would ask people to allow the independen­t investigat­ion to take place and report its findings in due course, so that the full circumstan­ces can be establishe­d.”

In Manchester, up to 15 protesters staged a demonstrat­ion at a petrol station in Stretford, where a man was tasered lastWednes­day.

Mobile phone footage, widely shared on social media, shows Desmond Ziggy Mombeyarar­a, 34, putting down his crying son before commentary and within the local he is hit by a Taser. As he collapsed to the ground, the boy becomes hysterical and screams “Daddy!”

Mombeyarar­a appeared at court last Friday and denied resisting police in the execution of their duty.

He claimed afterwards he did not believe the “magnitude of force” was warranted.

He said: “I was saying to the officers, ‘Let us calm the situation for the little one because the little one doesn’t feel comfortabl­e’.

“But they were making out like I was using him as a human shield.”

Police used a Taser, top left, to shoot a man in London and another in Stretford, above, prompting a demo from angry residents, left

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