Dereham assault victim says he will appeal against ruling on stun gun

Steven Bradley from Toftwood near Dereham, who was tasered by Police in his own home, is appealing the decision after the report said the police were in their rights to because of his behaviour. Picture: Matthew Usher. Steven Bradley from Toftwood near Dereham, who was tasered by Police in his own home, is appealing the decision after the report said the police were in their rights to because of his behaviour. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Thursday, January 30, 2014
1:55 PM

A man who was assaulted close to his Dereham home is set to appeal against a police report which states a Taser was justifiably used against him.

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Steven Bradley, 47, of Charles Close, Toftwood, was the victim of an assault in April last year. The 47-year-old said he was out walking his dogs when he was hit around the head with a piece of wood close to the park near Recreation Road at about 10am.

Police and ambulance crews were alerted to the attack and attended his home.

Mr Bradley, who had a stroke six months before the assault and still suffers from subsequent brain injuries, said he became anxious with the number of people in his home and claims, out of frustration, started to punch a wall.

As a result, he was stunned by police with a Taser.

Mr Bradley complained about the use of the device to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which referred it back to Norfolk Constabulary for investigation. But last week, Mr Bradley received a report, saying its use was “justified and proportionate given the threatening behaviour displayed during the incident”.

Now, Mr Bradley says he will appeal against the decision.

Police officials, however, have maintained that the use of the stun gun was justified.

Father-of-two Mr Bradley, who is divorced and no longer works after his stroke, said: “I was made out to be the criminal because I got frustrated in my own home.

“I was made out to be the criminal when I was the victim and I had done nothing wrong.

“Admittedly, I punched the wall in frustration but I was standing with my back to everyone.”

Mr Bradley, who used to work at Bernard Matthews and is on medication since his stroke, said there were four police officers, a paramedic plus ambulance staff in his house at the time.

A Norfolk police spokesman said: “Police and ambulance attended a property on Charles Close in Toftwood on April 16, 2013, to visit a man who had been assaulted a short time earlier.

“Whilst at the property, the man became aggressive and to ensure his safety and the safety of those in attendance, a Taser was discharged.

“Following this, the man was able to receive treatment for his assault injuries from paramedics.

“A complaint about the Taser use was received by Norfolk Constabulary in November 2013 from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to whom it was made.

“The complaint was passed back to the IPCC which then referred it back to Norfolk Constabulary for local investigation.

“An investigation by Norfolk’s Professional Standards Department did not uphold the complaint, finding that the use of the Taser was justified and proportionate given the threatening behaviour displayed during the incident.”

3 comments

  • This case emphasises the need for training for police to recognise the needs of those who have learning disabilities, disabilities and illnesses. Those who have deaf relatives will never forget the case of the deaf man , who because he did not hear police warnings, was shot dead for carrying a table leg in a bin bag after a member of the public wrongly said he had a gun.The national press is carrying reports of concern about the way those with learning disabilities such as autism are treated by the police. Stroke victims may have the same sort of problem dealing with stressful situations, as may those with dementia . We have seen a case where a man with dementia was tasered in order to control him and now we see this man who does not look over large, being tasered to control him in his own home . The report does not indicate that he was being a danger to anyone else. We really should be able to expect not to be tasered for being ill, or unable to deal with a stressful situation if we are no danger to anyone.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • "worried about their safety"? One unarmed and injured man, four police officers? Who was he threatening? Or did they taser him to defend the wall? Contemptible.

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    Dictate

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Seems to me that the police were justified in their actions. They were there to help the guy and he became aggressive to the point that they were worried about their safety and the safety of others. No brainer to me!

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    Norfolk John

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

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