South Wales Police have backed the use of Tasers after sharing a clip of an officer flooring a man armed with a microwave.
In the video, Nathan Caine, 25, picks up a microwave and appears to be ready to throw the device at officers who are stood relatively close to him. After repeatedly being told to ‘drop the microwave’, Caine is taken down by an officer.
Posting on Twitter, the force explained: ‘Nathan Caine refuses to cooperate with officers and threatens to throw a microwave at them, after they attended a report of an assault in (Cardiff) on February 4.
‘Despite a number of requests to put the oven down it was necessary to discharge a Taser.
‘Tasers are used to ensure the safety of officers and members of the public.’
Caine, from Barry, in the Vale of Glamorgan, was sentenced to four months in prison, according to the force.
They added: ‘The police are people, not punchbags… #KeepingSouthWalesSafe’.
Once Caine is Tasered in the video, he is told: ‘Stay where you are Nathan, calm down’, and then handcuffed.
Welcoming a Home Office announcement yesterday that the force will receive more than £273,000 to fund 331 Tasers, Chief Constable Matt Jukes said: ‘Equipping officers to be able to protect themselves, their colleagues and, importantly, the public, is a priority. This increase is not in response to a specific threat, but the nature of policing means officers frequently put themselves in harm’s way.
‘Ensuring officers have appropriate protection is recognition of their vital role in standing between the public and harm, and their daily commitment to doing exactly that.’
No further information was released about the incident.
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