Brian Dow, the director of external affairs at the charity Rethink Mental Illness, recognised that officers “had to take tough and quick decisions in highly pressurised circumstances”.
But he said: “These people are unwell and will already be in great distress so every other option should be exhausted before force is used. The police do their best, but this suggests they need better training in mental health and better support from the health system so they are not put in a position where they feel they need to resort to Tasering.”
We’ll send you to the next crazy man stabbing random people at a Tube station and you can resolve the situation with a nice cup of tea and a chat.
What’s that? Body armour? Well, no, we won’t provide any.
You’ve got this, right? Off you go.