July 20th, 2010


Posted in The Job - General by 200

In my usual trawl through the news stories gleaning fodder for the blog I came across the story of a stop-check in Somerset. Unfortunately, it comes from that august supporter of the police, the Daily Fail, which headlines the story, “Police officer blasts innocent man in groin with 50,000 volt Taser ‘by accident’.

It seems a vehicle was followed by officers who thought the driver may have been uninsured. During the incident on officer got his Taser out & pointed it towards the driver, one Peter Cox, 49. The Mail & Cox appear to be completely bemused as to why officers would have felt it necessary to arm themselves with a Taser, though the official police response, in their usual understated way which offers little in the way of support for their officers, said: “On Tuesday morning officers stopped a man in Bridgwater suspected to be driving a vehicle without insurance. The man appeared to become aggressive and the officer removed his Taser in accordance with protocol. On lowering the Taser it was accidentally discharged. Police are now looking into this.”

One can wonder what sort of ‘aggression’ would prompt the officer to point their Taser at the man. The conclusion will depend on whether you think most officers can or can’t be trusted with such a weapon.

Anyway, so the bloke was shot just off middle wicket. In the quote-of-the-month, Cox said: “I was really shocked and I didn’t know what was going on. I got one in my groin and one in my ankle.”

I bet he was.

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  1. the_leander says:

    I thought that the police Tazers had safety catches on them along the same lines as pistols?

    July 21st, 2010 at 00:23

  2. Dr Melvin 'Banned from most police blogs' Gray says:

    Hopefully, this ‘accident’ will not disappear into the twilight ‘us and them’ zone before exposing the more serious underlying problem.

    The best view of the latter is obtained by placing to one side, all the accusations and counter accusations. Simply examine your personal comfort in a scenario where a colleague like Shijuro is at your back with a cocked weapon. Any clearer now?

    July 21st, 2010 at 08:05

  3. shijuro says:

    Well Melv- I have carried loaded weapons before of course…(have you?) So I am not in anyway surprised at your response or your pathetic attempt to pick a fight.

    Also, since you and I were not there, we don’t really know what happened or how upset this chap was.

    I have stopped loads of people and some of them have really kicked off-no matter how polite I was.

    In my 20-years I have drawn my baton twice and used it once. I have used my CS once (at a large disorder).

    Since I have worked in some of the roughest and violent places in my force, I don’t think that really paints a picture of the violent gun nut you portray me as.

    Indeed, the only reasons you post on this blog are:

    you want a reaction;
    you are a troll.

    I think you ned to develop other interests?

    Thought about going into politics?

    July 21st, 2010 at 08:34

  4. Mad Mop says:

    Perhaps ‘Doctor’ Melvin you’d care to reminde us all why you were banned from Inspector Gadget’s Blog in the first place; don’t fret if you can’t remember chum; I’ll happy post the reasons on here for you!!

    July 21st, 2010 at 09:52

  5. PC A Hunn says:

    Lol. Accidents happen Melv. He probably had the safety off in anticipation of firing it, red dotted the bloke who realised, curbed his behaviour and as he lowered his aim squeezed the trigger before engaging the safety. Negligent but not criminaly so. The cop will get a warning and recoursed and the fella will get a whopping compo payout for straightened pubes.

    July 21st, 2010 at 10:13

  6. Dr Melvin 'Banned from most police blogs' Gray says:

    Shijuro will ‘ned’ to examine my forbearance of his unschooled English in a long succession of crude threats and taunts. A reluctance to squander time and words upon the puerile left such matters unanswered.

    Any policeman posting obscenity, hatred or intentions to taser a citizen in response to expressing opinion, commits serious criminal offences. A ‘blind eye’ cannot be turned to offences committed by those wrongly entrusted to serve the public in uniform. Thus the identification of Shijuro has become a priority for us all.

    July 21st, 2010 at 10:34

  7. boy on a bike says:

    I know what I would have said if I had been a party to this stuff-up:

    “Aw, nut!”

    July 21st, 2010 at 12:55

  8. boy on a bike says:

    Damn it!

    Nuts! Nuts! Not nut.

    July 21st, 2010 at 12:55

  9. shijuro says:

    lol… a career in politics awaits you melv!

    opps… sorry, I forgot.. you tried that didn’t you…

    July 21st, 2010 at 14:16

  10. shijuro says:

    What offences?

    Cruelty to animals?

    July 21st, 2010 at 14:18

  11. copper bottom says:

    I was only joking melv… I wouldn’t REALLY taser you…

    I cant anyway… havent got one…

    Sorry about the typo… I know how upset you get at such things…

    July 21st, 2010 at 14:47

  12. shijuro says:

    Mad Mop – why was he banned again?


    July 21st, 2010 at 18:33

  13. Civ_In_The_City says:

    This was not a million miles from my own force. But this post is the first I`ve heard about it. Good to know the ‘bad news gestapo’ managed to secure it before it reached the wild, almost. Better luck next time.

    On the other hand, stop pretending nothing ever goes wrong and start pro-actively getting both good and bad news stories out there as soon as possible.

    Is it ‘Corporate Communications’, ‘Public Relations’ or just spin?

    July 21st, 2010 at 20:10

  14. 200 says:

    Oh Mad Mop, do tell..!

    July 21st, 2010 at 20:49

  15. shijuro says:

    I suspect more goes on than we know Civ, of course.

    It’s like the NHS… once the news weasels get their teeth into something… Look at the new iPhone, for example. If you listened to the media you may be forgiven for thinking that it don’t work… but look harder and you will find the amount of people that have actually complained… would you believe its less that 1%?

    In this case, it was a bad one. Negligent discharge of a weapon is a serious matter, especially when it causes injury. The officer will no doubt be in a world of crap for 18-months to 2-years and be lucky not to be sacked.

    I hope he isn’t because genuine mistakes can happen to anyone.

    There will always be people like melv that delight in things like this…

    July 21st, 2010 at 21:16

  16. Tony F says:

    It’s ok, melv is a prat. He has a license, it says Drrrr in front of his assumed name.

    July 21st, 2010 at 21:27

  17. Blueknight says:

    If his ‘groin’ is near his ankle he has a future in the movies. As long as he has a 1970s moustache

    July 21st, 2010 at 22:14

  18. shijuro says:

    Does that explain where the ‘blue’ of Blueknight came from?

    ‘yes, my friend, Inga and I are from Sweden but we have fallen on hard times so we made a video…’


    Happy days…

    July 21st, 2010 at 22:18

  19. Gary says:

    I feel quite sorry for you, have you escaped from another blog?

    July 22nd, 2010 at 14:41

  20. Mad Mop says:


    I’m not one to gossip as you know (ahem) however, our friend Melvin was making numerous posts under false names, including other contributors – well he had a right hussy fit when Gadget expoused him!

    July 22nd, 2010 at 17:50

  21. Shijuro says:


    July 22nd, 2010 at 19:02

  22. shijuro says:

    He is still posting anti-gadget (and anti-shijuro) on policeboy…


    He even calls gadget a traitor! lol

    July 24th, 2010 at 13:34

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