The Scottish Police Investigations and Review Commissioner has found that officers’ use of a baton round and Taser to disarm a teenager was “proportionate and justified.”
The incident in question took place in May of this year in the Stirling area, with officers being called in to deal with an intoxicated 15 year old boy armed with a large knife. According to a statement released on behalf of the Commissioner, the boy became increasingly agitated over the course of the two-hour incident, both self-harming and threatening to kill himself.
A spokesman for the Commissioner said: “When he threatened to commit suicide by stabbing himself in the chest and appeared to be attempting to attack an officer, police fired a baton round and then a Taser at him. This allowed the police to disarm the boy and take him into custody.”
The boy was taken to hospital where he was treated for his self-inflicted injuries, but suffered no after-effects of the Taser or the baton round other than minor bruising. He was later charged with a public order offence and possession of a knife, and placed into the care of Social Work Services.
The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner Professor John McNeill said: "In this case the use of the baton round and Taser allowed police to control the boy, disarm him and ensured that he did not seriously injure either himself or the officers. In the circumstances there was no less forceful method to resolve this incident safely."