21:09 GMT30 November 2020
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    The UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd may give her approval to the use of updated and potentially more harmful Taser stun guns by the UK police officers.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The home secretary is expected to make her decision on the use of a new Taser permitting two shots instead of one in a few weeks, according to The Guardian newspaper.

    "We are committed to giving the police the necessary tools to do their job — and Taser, a form of conductive energy device, provides officers with an important tactical option when facing potentially physically violent situations," the Home Office said, as quoted by the newspaper.

    The public, however, expressed some opposition to the use of the new Tasers, especially families who lost relatives because of the police's use of this weapon.

    "The government should be looking to curb the use of Tasers instead of considering whether to authorise a new breed of Tasers, which is reported to be more powerful and more deadly then the model police forces use at present," Sophie Khan, the lawyer representing such families, was quoted as saying by the paper.

    In October 2015, the Home Office said that individuals of African-Caribbean origin were three times more likely to be victims of Taser use by the police than Asian or white people.


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