Police use of Tasers rises sharply in 2013

Police in England and Wales used Tasers on more than 10,000 occasions for the first time in 2013, an increase of 27% over the previous year, according to Home Office figures.

The annual official Taser statistics show that officers ended up firing their Taser weapons at suspects on 1,733 occasions in 2013, and used them on a stun setting a further 284 times.

The publication of the figures showing the rapid rise in the use of the American "electroshock" weapons by the police in England and Wales comes after an officer was ordered earlier this week to apologise in person to a blind man he Tasered after mistaking his white stick for a samurai sword.

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