Strangling Prompts Call for Tasers for New Zealand Police

A police officer strangled to near unconsciousness could have defended himself if he had a Taser, police say.

The Police Association on Wednesday said it was unacceptable that lone police officers were still on patrol without weapons to properly defend themselves on their belts.

Association president Greg O’Connor said having weapons in police vehicles wasn’t practical in many situations.

“Violent incidents arise before officers can return to their vehicle to retrieve the Taser, so they need to be carrying them,” he said.

Read more in The West Australian/NZ Newswire.


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