Police in Queens Park who tasered man 11 times, hit him with car and shot him used ‘reasonable force’, says watchdog
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An IPCC inquiry into an incident where a man was shot once and tasered 11 times in Kilburn in 2015 has found that Met officers used reasonable and necessary force.
Officers who tasered a man 11 times before hitting him with a police car and then shootiing him in Queens Park used “reasonable and necessary” force, according to the police watchdog.
Police were called to reports of a disturbance in Claremont Road at around 2.45am on October 8 2015 to find Joseph Hive resisting arrest, said the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)
An officer who was trying to detain him said that he “felt the blade of a large knife through his clothes.”
Mr Hive refused to follow police orders and officers were forced to withdraw for their own safety.
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But Hive followed them outside and produced two knives from his pockets.
When he refused to drop the weapons, police tasered Mr Hive, but to no effect.
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He was tasered three more times but kept lashing out with a knife.
An officer drove towards Hive at 9mph. When he then began slashing at the police car’s tyres, officers tasered him five more times but still without effect.
A decision was made to shoot Mr Hive, and after a single shot, he fell to the ground, on Oliphant Street,
He was taken to hospital with chest and arm injuries.
Footage from the scene showed a bread knife, a carving knife and a screwdriver lying in the road. Mr Hive subsequently admitted possessing offensive weapons and common assault, for which he received a suspended sentence.
The IPCC took into account 70 witness statements, along with CCTV, body worn, and vehicle footage. Taser, radio, and telephone data were also assessed.
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.
“Following a thorough investigation, we found that the force used was necessary and proportionate.”