By Sarah Keane • 17 January 2021 • 16:49
SPANISH government considers limiting the use of Tasers by police
Unidos Podemos has called on the Congress of Deputies to reform the way electric shock guns are used by agents of the Security Forces in Spain, arguing that they pose a “risk of torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” Calls have also be made to offer more training to police officers in the use of the guns, and a ban on using them on certain members of the population.
The Non-Law Proposition (NLP), signed by deputy Enrique Santiago, wants the new guidelines to guarantee that Tasers are used “only if there is a real operational need” in order to comply with international human rights standards. A guarantee was also sought that “repeated or prolonged” use of the guns be prohibited, as would be their use “against certain groups” including “minors, people with emotional disorders or mental or physical disabilities, or people under the influence of drugs.”
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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