Police who Tasered knifeman 11 times, hit him with car and shot him used 'reasonable force', watchdog finds

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Police who Tasered a knifeman 11 times, hit him with a car and shot him were using reasonable force, a watchdog found.

Met Police officers fired on Joseph Hive multiple times with a stun gun after he was seen wielding two blades in the street in Brent, north-west London.

When the Taser apparently had no effect, they struck him with a patrol car before shooting him.

Mr Hive, 30, was taken to hospital with chest and arm injuries after the incident on October 8 2015.

An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) found that officers had used “necessary and proportionate” force.

Officers reported that he had refused to drop his blades and was a danger to himself and others.

Mr Hive was armed with two knives and a screwdriver and was later convicted of possession of offensive weapons and common assault, the IPCC said.

​IPCC Commissioner Cindy Butts said: “Officers were faced with a man armed with knives who seemed intent on using his weapons on a public street.

“They needed to stop him from causing serious injury or death to them, a member of the public, or himself.

“Taser was fired a total of 11 times. The man was found to be wearing extra clothing, which we believe reduced the effectiveness of Taser on at least one occasion.

“Yet he still posed a real danger to officers, leaving them with no option but to use further force.”


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