There was fresh controversy over police methods last night after officers shot a man three times with a Taser gun and punched him repeatedly as he writhed on the ground.
Shocking footage shows one officer repeatedly stunning the 40-year-old man with the high-voltage weapon as he lies in the middle of a busy city centre.
His colleague then appears to punch the man with considerable force three times in the neck and shoulder.
As a crowd gathers round the man, an onlooker is heard to shout: ‘He don’t look like he is resisting.’
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The footage, captured by a taxi driver, was referred voluntarily to the Independent Police Complaints Commission by Nottinghamshire police, who said the man had earlier struck an officer.
But it sparked alarm over a decision by ex-Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to arm police with the stun guns, which fire two darts on the end of wires carrying a 50,000-volt shock.
She made 6,000 extra Tasers available to forces across the country only last month.