A UK policeman who tasered a father in front of his young child is facing accusations of using excessive force unnecessarily after the moment was caught on video and shared widely on social media.
In the video, two policemen can be seen at a petrol station in Manchester, northern England, arguing with the driver, 34-year-old Desmond Ziggy Mombeyarara, outside a police car as his son stands by his legs, distressed and shouting “Daddy!”.
One of the officers releases the taser on Mombeyarara, who is Black.
The taser makes a bang and Mombeyarara falls to the ground.
His son shouts “daddy!” again, cries and stamps his feet in a traumatised manner.
The officer who fired the taser orders Mombeyarara to “put your hands behind your back, now!”, but he appears unable to do so.
The other officer then picks the crying child up and takes him away.
Tasers disable people by firing an electric charge into their bodies through needle-tipped darts.
According to the College of Policing, a professional body for policing in the UK, the usual reaction of someone who has been tasered “is loss of some voluntary muscle control accompanied by involuntary muscle contractions”.
During the discharge, the subject may “not be able to respond to verbal commands during the discharge” or could “freeze on the spot”.