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Statement following taser discharge in Haringey

News   •   Jun 10, 2020 16:36 BST

At 19:40hrs on Tuesday, 21 April officers attended an address in Bromley Road, N17, to carry out arrest enquiries as part of a long running operation to tackle drugs supply linked to serious violence in the Borough of Haringey. 

A 22-year-old man located inside the address was arrested and later charged with encouraging another to commit an offence under the Serious Crime Act 2007.

A 52-year-old woman was also arrested at the scene on suspicion of obstructing/resisting a police constable in the execution of duties but was de-arrested at the scene. She was subsequently charged with the offence after being interviewed by police under caution at a later date.

As officers entered the premises, a man came downstairs and started moving towards an officer suddenly. He was ordered to remain where he was but continued towards officers who, after several warnings, deployed a Taser.

The man was not arrested, but was assessed by the London Ambulance Service at the scene. He did not require further medical treatment.

Officers from the North Area Command Unit have liaised with the family to discuss any concerns they have about the incident.

The incident, including body worn footage, has been reviewed by the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards and no indication of misconduct has been identified. 

At their request, the Independent Office for Police Conduct are assessing the incident. The MPS are supporting their enquiries.

Commander of the North Area Command Unit, Treena Fleming said: “I can understand why any use of Taser can look alarming - that is why it receives heavy scrutiny – which we welcome.

“Met officers are highly trained to engage, explain and try to resolve situations, using force only when absolutely necessary. We examine our processes regularly to ensure Taser is being used in an appropriate manner.

“This incident has been thoroughly reviewed by our professional standards department and no misconduct has been identified. I continue to talk to the family about their concerns."