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Man Catches Fire After Being Tasered 13

An anonymous Coward writes "West Australian Police tasered a man while arresting him for sniffing petrol, and managed to set fire to him in the process. Details seem to be scanty so far, but I trust the audience here to do the maths as to whether the ignition source was the taser itself."


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Man Catches Fire After Being Tasered

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  • "It is alleged the man was threatening police with a container of petrol and a cigarette lighter, and ignored repeated requests to stop, when he was shot." He had a lighter- now do the maths (? it's plural?) it is 50/50 whether the lighter caused it or the taser. Personally though, I think they should have arrested him for illegal use of a fire arm.
  • Why? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Wednesday July 22, 2009 @11:25AM (#28782367) Journal
    Do we waste public money on having armed men go after you for killing your own brain cells? (observers of Australian policing will be shocked to learn that this is yet another dysfunctional interaction between the cops and the aboriginals...)
    • The police have to protect the people he might harm.
    • Actually, another person living in the house, where the petrol sniffer was, called the cops because he was getting abusive.

      I think that's certainly a justified reason for police involvement.

  • ...It is alleged the man...ignored repeated requests to stop, when he was shot.

    The man then caught fire...

    There's got to be a HCF [wikipedia.org] joke in there somewhere.

  • this guy, after threatening to set the police officers involved on fire with a tin of petrol and a lighter, who refused repeated orders to drop the weapon, came at the officers who then tasered him. their only alternative would be to use their fire arms. he has burns to only 10% of his body vs being dead.

    i can't even begin to fathom how the ALS justifies in their minds that this is in anyway the fault of the police or the taser.

  • If the taser caused an electrical arc, its possible the arc ignited the gas fumes. The other most likely possibility is that as the taser struck the man, it caused his muscles to contract making his hand operate the lighter which in turn would have ignited the gas fumes (I'm asuming the fumes would have been the main cause for the start of the fire, unless he was covered in gasoline himself).

It is not for me to attempt to fathom the inscrutable workings of Providence. -- The Earl of Birkenhead