Stuff: More Tasers, more police shootings: Weapons ‘encourage aggressive behaviour’

Tasers are being used more often by police in New Zealand, with a 29 per cent increase in the number of events involving their deployment from 2015 to 2016.

Deployment of Tasers in the past five years has been increasing, figures released by police under the Official Information Act show.

The total number of Tactical Operations Reporting (TOR) events involving the deployment of a Taser increased from 998 in 2015 to 1290 in 2016.

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