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Man shot by Taser loses court bid

A man who police shot three times with a Taser gun has lost a bid to have the incident examined by a police watchdog.

Daniel Morrison was driving in Brixton, south London, when he was stopped by police, the High Court heard.

His car window was smashed and he was incapacitated with a Taser. Mr Morrison was not charged with any offence.

The court said the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will only investigate if Mr Morrison is unhappy with an ongoing police inquiry.

'Non-compliant'

Mr Morrison was driving a friend home when he was stopped by armed officers investigating gun crime, the court heard.

They shot him three times with a Taser gun held against his body.

After being taken to Brixton police station Mr Morrison was treated in hospital for facial cuts and other injuries.

The police officers said they believed Mr Morrison had a firearm at the time of the incident and that he was "non-compliant" after being stopped.

Mr Morrison told the court that he had put his hands up when instructed.

A Metropolitan Police investigation is taking place into the incident.

The High Court upheld the IPCC's argument that if Mr Morrison is dissatisfied with the outcome of that inquiry, he can then appeal to the IPCC.

Mr Justice Nicol said there was also the possibility that the officers involved would face criminal prosecution, which would result in an independent inquiry in the form of a jury trial.

Taser guns fire needle-tipped darts up to 21ft (6m) to deliver a disabling 50,000-volt shock.

Earlier this year the Home Office revealed that Tasers were used 250 times in England and Wales in the first quarter of 2009, up from 187 in the previous three months.



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