Police tasered diabetic -
because they thought he was a suicide bomber
Thursday November 15, 2007
A man who slipped into a diabetic coma on the top
deck of a bus has described how he was used for electric stun
gun "target practice" after police mistook him for a
Innocent Nicolas Gaubert was shot twice with a Taser gun in what
he said was a chilling precursor to the death of Jean Charles
de Menezes in London just over a week later.
Mr Gaubert was on his way home from work in Leeds city centre,
West Yorks, when he suffered a hypoglycaemic fit and was found
slumped in his seat by the bus driver at the end of the route
in Headingley, Leeds.
Police were called and two officers, who had been issued with
Tasers just a fortnight earlier, boarded the empty bus and used
the weapon twice on Mr Gaubert after he failed to respond to instructions.
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He said he was then handcuffed and bundled into a police van
and was only taken to hospital after he came round and started
to shout that he was ill and needed medical attention.