In a recent incident in Limehouse, east London, Metropolitan Police officers Tasered a suspect and shot two dogs in front of horrified onlookers.
The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon along a canal, where officers pursued a man holding two dogs on a short lead.
As tensions escalated, the suspect was Tasered to the ground, and the two dogs were shot dead.
The Metropolitan police released a statement defending the officers’ actions, stating that they “have a duty to act where necessary before any further injury is caused.”
The police were called to the scene after receiving reports of a woman being attacked by a dog in Commercial Road, E14.
Upon arrival, officers found the aggressive behaviour of two dogs to be of considerable concern and posing a significant threat to them.
A man was arrested in connection with the incident for having a dog dangerously out of control and assault offences.
He was taken into police custody, and a Taser was discharged by police during the arrest.
According to the police statement, no one was taken to the hospital, and both dogs were destroyed by police at the scene.
A spokesperson for the Met emphasised that the decision to destroy the dogs was not taken lightly, but they had a duty to act before further injury could occur.
The Metropolitan Police’s Directorate of Professional Standards will review the circumstances surrounding the incident.
The Sun reported that police were called to the scene at 5 pm on Sunday after the “out of control” dogs attacked.
During the ensuing struggle, both dogs were “destroyed,” and the man was Tasered before being arrested.
Footage of the incident showed armed officers confronting the dog owner, and as the dogs lunged at an officer, they were shot dead.
A police spokesperson added that no one was taken to the hospital, and both dogs were destroyed at the scene. The police reiterated their duty to act before further injury could occur.
The footage of the incident will be reviewed by the Metropolitan Police’s Directorate of Professional Standards.
Tower Hamlets police provided a statement about the incident, which reads:
“Police were called just after 1700 hours on Sunday 7th May to a woman being attacked by a dog in Commercial Road E14.
“Officers attended the location where the aggressive behaviour of two dogs was of considerable concern and posed a threat to them.
“A man was arrested in connection with the incident for having a dog dangerously out of control and assault offences.
“He has been taken into police custody. A Taser was discharged by police.
“No person was taken to hospital. Both dogs were destroyed by police at the scene.
“This is never an easy decision for any officer to take, but police have a duty to act where necessary before further injury is caused.
“The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards will review the circumstances of the incident.”
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