‘Home Secretary Amber Rudd has authorized powerful new Tasers for police officers, despite concerns over the safety of the ‘non-lethal’ weapons. Besides being more powerful, the new X2 model fires two shots, whereas the current X26 model delivers just one.
The new Taser can be used in situations that would otherwise involve police firearms units and has been approved despite Home Office experts acknowledging that a number of deaths have been caused by the less powerful version.
“The government is committed to giving the police the tools they need to do their job effectively,” policing minister Brandon Lewis told the Guardian.
“We must ensure our officers have access to the best and most up-to-date technology available. Tasers are an important tactical option for the police, particularly in violent situations where other tactics have been considered or failed.”’