Police representative says officers with tasers also need defibrillators

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 17:01
Police representative says officers with tasers also need defibrillators © Belga
Police officers who go on patrols with tasers also need to be equipped with defibrillators, various media on Tuesday reported police union spokesman Ruddy Callewaert as saying.
“A taser can be a mortal danger if used on someone suffering from heart problems,” Callewaert was quoted as saying by Sudpresse, Het Nieuwsblad and Gazet van Antwerpen newspapers.

Tasers have been tested for many months now in 14 police districts. Not everyone agrees with their use since U.S. tests show that they are dangerous for people suffering from heart problems or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

“That cannot always be seen from the face of the person about to be tasered,” added Callewaert. “That’s why we are launching an appeal for caution and ask for the teams to also be equipped with defibrillators.”

According to the police union, Sypol, the measure would also be financially feasible since a defibrillator costs 1,000 euros and tasers are used only in 14 police districts.

Sypol has sent a letter to Interior Minister Jan Jambon (New Flemish Alliance, N-VA) to inform him of the proposal. The minister stated that he would study it.

The taser has so far been used only once since the trial phase began. That was when a drunk man tried to strangle a policeman in the Gaume police district.

Jason Bennett
The Brussels Times
Google Plus

More Stories

The first poll of the year confirms the "Green wave"

The first poll of the year confirms the "Green wave"

The first poll of the year, done for Le Soir, RTL-TVI, VTM and Het Laatste Nieuws, has confirmed the “Green wave” sweeping the country.

The sp.a wants free GP consultations

The sp.a wants free GP consultations

Everyone should be able to see their GP for free, according to Flemish socialists in the sp.a.

Family of toddler shot dead by police may stay in the country

Family of toddler shot dead by police may stay in the country

The family of Mawda Shawri, the two-year-old shot dead by police during a car chase as they were entering the country illegally, have been granted a residence permit to allow them to stay in Belgium for at least a year, migration minister Maggie De Block has decided.