The use of Tasers by British police has continued to skyrocket, according to new figures published by the Home Office on Wednesday. However, there remains little clarity on why the weapons are increasingly used.
The figures show that the electroshock weapons, designed to stun and subdue individuals, were used 10,488 times in the past 12 months, a 13 percent rise on last year, when Tasers were employed 9,289 times.
The use of Tasers also peaked in the first six months of 2014, with the Home Office recording 826 discharges.
The data adds to fears that the weapon’s massive proliferation is not keeping pace with specialized training and supervision.