Weapons News: A bored policeman discharged his taser into a tuna and sweetcorn sandwich just to ‘see what would happen’ a court has heard.
PC David Hands, of the Greater Manchester Police, said he had been issued the taser months before, but has never had cause to use it. Then, during an idle moment in his lunch hour, he decided to fire the weapon into the sandwich ‘just because he could’.
“It’s not all car chases and kicking in doors of cannabis farms,” said PC Hands. “We have slow days as well. And it’s on days like that some of us wonder what a sandwich would do with 50,000 volts of electricity coursing through it.”
The court heard that his colleagues only became aware of the tasered sandwich when the break room started to smell of burn sweetcorn.
“This is an another unfortunate case of the police misusing power,” said a spokesman for The Independent Police Complaints Commission.
“We hope this behaviour would have stopped after last year, when one constable was reprimanded for trying to microwave his helmet during a tea break. Lessons need to be learnt.”