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Police officers carrying Tasers are both more likely to be assaulted and to use force against suspects, a new study suggests.
Researchers at the University of Cambridge found City of London officers armed with the electroshock weapons were almost 50% more likely to use force in the line of duty.
Assaults - Colleagues
It was also found they faced twice as many assaults as unarmed colleagues.
Between June 2016 and June 2017, researchers allocated a Taser-carrying officer to 400 frontline shifts.
Use - Force - % - City - London
Use of force was 48% higher among those City of London officers carrying Tasers than their unarmed counterparts.
It was 19% higher among those without a Taser but accompanying a carrying officer.
Six - Assaults - Police - Shifts - Taser-carrying
Six physical assaults against police were recorded during shifts with Taser-carrying officers, compared to just three on unarmed shifts.
In total, over the study period, Tasers were 'deholstered' nine times by the examined officers, with suspects shocked on two occasions.
Dr - Barak - Ariel - Cambridge - Institute
Dr Barak Ariel, from the Cambridge Institute of Criminology, said: 'We found that officers are more likely to be assaulted...
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