Apr 27 2013
The Daily Mail
Our Boys in Blue have taken a bit of a battering in the media of late.
Therefore, I see no reason not to cash in on that fact.
I can in fact imagine that when weighing up their career choices these days, potential policemen toss a coin to decide their final choice.
Heads the police cuntstabulary. Tails MacDonalds… Best of three if the coin lands on heads the first time.
Yet the government still allow these imbeciles access to Tasers!
Tasers, despite the old bollocks hype about them being non lethal when they were first introduced, are extremely dangerous.
Likewise, anything near petrol that sparks is also extremely dangerous. Even those of very low IQ know that.
So, add one of the cuntstabulary’s finest to the mix and you might as well give a chimpanzee a loaded AK 47.
It does in fact seem to me, that all our Corporate enforcement agents are good for these days is catching terrorist Swans…
On second thoughts Scrub that last remark.
Burned to death in police taser fireball: Officers fired 50,000 volts at man doused in petrol and who was threatening to kill himself
- Andrew Pimlott, 32, suffered horrific injuries and died five days later
- Was hit with 50,000 volts as he carried a canister of petrol and naked flame
- Officers jumped on him with blankets in an attempt to save his life
- The incident has raised questions about the use of tasers in the police force
PUBLISHED: 22:00, 26 April 2013 | UPDATED: 22:53, 26 April 2013
A man who had doused himself in petrol turned into a human fireball when police shot him with a Taser.
Andrew Pimlott, 32, suffered horrific injuries in the confrontation outside his house and died in a hospital burns unit five days later.
The 50,000-volt volley was fired after he threatened to kill himself while holding a canister of fuel in one hand and a naked flame in the other.
Jack Fry, who saw the incident, said: ‘There were three screams. Then we saw a man, fully on fire, from top to bottom, like you see on a film, with his arms swaying around.
‘We saw two police officers appear from the side of the house. One of them jumped on the burning man and put him on the floor.
‘The officers were shouting to each other and the one who had put him to the ground got an old duvet or cover and started smacking the man with it.’
The incident – the latest to raise serious questions about the increasing use of Taser weapons – is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Sophie Khan, a lawyer who specialises in representing Taser victims, said the death was deeply saddening. ‘Police Taser policy clearly states that using one where there is flammable liquid is prohibited,’ she added.
‘We do not know the facts but it is possible this tragedy could have been avoided if the officers had followed standard procedure.
‘It is another incident which highlights potentially inappropriate use of Taser which is growing as a weapon of choice among British police forces.’
Officers have been warned not to use Taser weapons on people who have been sprayed with CS gas, because some brands catch fire.
The confrontation took place outside Mr Pimlott’s home in the Plymouth suburb of Honicknowle on April 18.
Responding to an emergency call about a domestic incident, two officers found Mr Pimlott in the back garden with the canister. He had poured some fuel over his body.
Within moments of the Taser being fired he burst into flames, suffering serious injuries, including the loss of an ear. He was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and transferred to a specialist unit at the Frenchay Hospital in Bristol where he died four days ago. It is not known whether the two officers involved remain on duty.
Mr Fry, a 20-year-old shop worker, said the pair were ‘heroes’ for jumping on Mr Pimlott with blankets in a bid to put out the flames.
‘There was steam coming off him and he was groaning. The sight was sickening,’ he added. ‘The officers then got a hosepipe and poured on water. We heard more sirens and as the paramedics and fire crews arrived I went back inside. I want to say how amazing the officer was. I think this officer is, well, I would use the word hero.’
Another neighbour said: ‘I thought a bomb had gone off. It was a sound like a shot or a bomb. Then I heard a howling noise.’
Mr Pimlott, who lived with his parents, Kelvin, 61, and Jean, 63, was known to police after being jailed last December for attacking an officer. The incident followed Mr Pimlott’s father calling police because his son was drunk and aggressive.
Mr Pimlott, who was jailed for eight weeks, referred to himself as being ‘like Jekyll and Hyde’ when drunk.
Devon and Cornwall is one of the country’s most controversial Taser forces. It used the stun gun 65 times in 2011 compared with 34 times in 2010.
Last year it paid out up to £5,000 in compensation to a man who was Tasered at close range in a packed Plymouth pub.
In a statement last night, Mr Pimlott’s parents said: ‘Dear darling son Andrew, you were a fantastic son to us, you will always be in our hearts and thoughts. We will never forget you.’
Flying squad: How a riot van, patrol car and team of officers swooped to arrest… a swan!
- Lincolnshire Police took over half an hour to capture the fugitive bird
- Officers trapped it with a sheet and bundled it into the back of a riot van
- Last month the same force deployed marksmen to shoot an escaped cow
PUBLISHED: 23:26, 26 April 2013 | UPDATED: 23:26, 26 April 2013
He was, technically, loitering with intent.
It’s just that he’s also what you could truly call the lightest of lightweight criminals.
So when three police officers, a patrol car and a riot van swooped on this quiet street to take down this stray swan, they ruffled more than just one set of feathers.
Residents blasted Lincolnshire Police – the same force which less than a month ago deployed marksmen to shoot an escaped cow – for sending officers to catch the swan, after it was spotted waddling near accommodation at Lincoln University.
Student Matthew Knott, 18, photographed the moment officers arrived on the scene.
‘Two PCSOs got out and just sort of stared at the swan,’ he said.
‘It seemed like an over-reaction, the swan wasn’t doing any harm, it seemed perfectly happy sitting there.’
After half an hour of coaxing the bird, officers eventually captured it with a sheet and bundled it into the back of the riot van.
It is estimated the entire exercise cost £600 in police resources.
Resident James Phillips, 34, said he couldn’t believe his eyes as police vehicles screeched past with their blue lights flashing.
He said: ‘I thought someone must have been attacked or something, when a marked car and van went into the accommodation.
‘Then I saw they weren’t rushing out of the car so went to look what was going on and there they were, staring at this swan.
‘They didn’t seem to know what to do with it really, they must have spent an hour hunting it down.
‘In the end someone from the shop nearby came out with their coat to try and help catch the bird.
‘It wasn’t doing anyone any harm and I wonder what crimes might have taken place while they were messing around with a swan.’
A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said: ‘Police were called at around 1pm on Thursday following reports of an injured swan obstructing traffic on Ruston Way, Lincoln. So action was required.
‘Officers attended the scene and returned the swan safely to the Brayford Pool. The swan was only slightly injured and RSPCA assistance was not required.’
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