Irwin Mitchell represented a 34-year-old man who was shot twice by police with a Taser gun after he went into a diabetic coma on a bus in Leeds.
Our client suffered a hypoglycaemic fit which left him slumped on his seat clutching his rucksack.
He was wearing a special necklace which should have alerted the police to the fact that he was a diabetic. An armed police team was called to the vehicle, suspecting our client to be a terrorist, and when he failed to respond to their challenges they shot him with the taser gun.
Our client was shot with a Taser gun and arrested in July 2005.
Police believed he could have been a suicide bomber. The incident occurred just one week before the fatal shooting of Brazilian man Jean Charles de Menezes by officers in London. Our client regained consciousness and explained to the officers that he was a diabetic and had suffered a hypoglycaemic shock. Officers then realised that our client needed medical treatment and took him to hospital. He was later de-arrested after it became apparent that no crime had been committed.
Solicitors at Irwin Mitchell were able to obtain a five figure sum in compensation.
We are currently acting for a number of clients who have been tasered in situations where they did not pose a physical risk to officers, both within police stations and outside. We act for clients who have been tasered in the head, causing potential brain damage and those who have sustained psychiatric injury as a result.
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