Video: Oh look, another viral video involving police and tasers

So prized are new additions to this niche online that you’ll actually hear the cameraman squeal about how he can’t wait to upload the footage to YouTube. The question: What’s a cop, or team of cops, to do when they can’t force a drunk’s arms behind his back? One tasing doesn’t do it, a second tasing doesn’t do it, and then, around 40 seconds in, the fists start to fly.

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Mick Taylor, chairman of Nottinghamshire Police Federation, said he recognised some members of the public would be shocked by the footage.

But he added: ‘They aren’t privy to what training we have in such situations. What the taser is used for is preventing long struggles.

‘You give an instruction. If they fail to comply you discharge the taser. If that doesn’t have the desired effect it’s normal practice to discharge it again.

‘With regards to the punches, they seem to be in the area of the shoulder. When you’re not getting compliance you apply pressure to certain parts of the body.’

Exit question for our cop readers: Aside from cases of self-defense, is it ever appropriate to punch a suspect? Even if we give the office here the benefit of the doubt and assume he was punching him in the shoulder to get his arm to relax, is that proper? If not, what’s the alternative — call for backup and wait for a whole new squad of guys to arrive and have eight men on his arm? Content warning.

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