Police in Britain have tasered mentally-ill patients more than 50 times a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Belfast Telegraph report:

Police in Britain have resorted to firing Tasers to subdue mentally-ill patients in hospital and care homes more than 50 times in three years, Freedom of Information requests have disclosed.

Charities have expressed alarm over the levels of Taser use and warned that it could aggravate the condition of people already suffering extreme distress.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC), the health service watchdog, has said Tasers should be deployed only as a last resort in psychiatric wards.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.