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Taser and/or Firearm Deployment

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Dear Merseyside Police,

In an incident Sunday (30 May 22) from approx 00:29hrs in the L16 area, there was shouting and high-pitched screaming. The screaming happened after the deployment of an AFO. These noises were outside the property, in the street. In this respect and in regard to the guidance for the deployment of AFOs, whose use should >>only<< be authorised in the following circumstances:

1. where the officer authorising the deployment has 'reason to suppose' that officers may have to protect themselves or others from a person
What 'supposed reason' did officer(s) have?

2. or, is in possession of, or has immediate access to, a firearm or other potentially lethal weapon,"
Was a firearm or lethal weapon in the possession of the person(s), if so what was it a lethal weapon or a firearm"

3. or. is otherwise so dangerous that the deployment of armed officers is considered to be appropriate, "
What was "so dangerous" as to require the deployment of armed officers from the ourtset?

4. or as an operational contingency in a specific operation (based on the threat assessment),
What threat was assessed to require use of such weapons?

5. or for the destruction of animals which are dangerous or are suffering unnecessarily.
Was this the reason?

After deployment of the taser a female screamed (not fully verbatim) "Why did you do that, why have you just done that? He wasn't resisting" a male could also be heard shouting "I was not resisting"
Were either the male or female in handcuffs at the time of deployment?

What was the need for the fire service and ambulance crew?
Where they called to assist before deployment or after?

Is it protocol to shout a warning before deploying of any AFO?

Thank you
Yours faithfully,

J Tatt
Knowsley News

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assist you more clearly to describe the information.

 

Please clarify

 

 

In an incident Sunday (30 May 22) from approx 00:29hrs in the L16 area,
there was shouting and high-pitched screaming. The screaming happened
after the deployment of an AFO. These noises were outside the property, in
the street. In this respect and in regard to the guidance for the
deployment of AFOs, whose use should >>only<< be authorised in the
following circumstances:

 

Could you tell me the address in question and the person’s name. The
incident in question does it relate directly to yourself?

 

 

 

1. where the officer authorising the deployment has 'reason to suppose'
that officers may have to protect themselves or others from a person

 

What 'supposed reason' did officer(s) have?

 

 

 

2. or, is in possession of, or has immediate access to, a firearm or other
potentially lethal weapon,"

 

Was a firearm or lethal weapon in the possession of the person(s), if so
what was it a lethal weapon or a firearm"

 

 

 

3. or. is otherwise so dangerous that the deployment of armed officers is
considered to be appropriate, "

 

What was "so dangerous" as to require the deployment of armed officers
from the ourtset?

 

 

 

4. or as an operational contingency in a specific operation (based on the
threat assessment),

 

What threat was assessed to require use of such weapons?

 

 

 

5.  or for the destruction of animals which are dangerous or are suffering
unnecessarily.

 

Was this the reason?

 

 

 

After deployment of the taser a female screamed (not fully verbatim) "Why
did you do that, why have you just done that? He wasn't resisting" a male
could also be heard shouting "I was not resisting"

 

Were either the male or female in handcuffs at the time of deployment?

 

Was there a recording taken of what this female said or was this to do
with an eye witness statement?

 

 

 

What was the need for the fire service and ambulance crew?

 

Where they called to assist before deployment or after?

 

 

 

Is it protocol to shout a warning before deploying of any AFO?

 

 

 

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