Police chiefs have been accused of surrendering to criminals in a lawless area of London after tensions rose over the tasering of a suspect.
Police chiefs ordered that ‘non-essential attendance’ of officers should be avoided.
The suspect suffered life-changing injuries after being tasered by an officer from the Metropolitan Police’s Tactical Support Group.
Police chiefs have been accused of surrendering to criminals in a lawless area of London after tensions rose after a subject was tasered and subsequently suffered life-suffering injuries
The suspect, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was approached by police but ran off and was tasered as he jumped over a wall.
He suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital. He was arrested for drug related offences.
The Met last night said the order to police had been necessary to maintain the support of residents in an area where the suspect has strong links.
But frustrated officers fear other criminals will exploit their absence.
‘By backing off, we are giving freedom of movement to criminals, all because we’re scared of offending the community,’ one officer said.
‘But what about protecting other residents and preventing crimes?’
An internal police document issued after the taser incident and seen by The Mail on Sunday said: ‘This incident has resulted in increased tensions between the local community and police.
‘For this reason, please be mindful when patrolling in areas where the subject has links.
‘Local engagement is encouraged and any other proactive/non-essential police attendance should be avoided.’
The Met force has previously said that its officers are highly trained in the use of tasers which increasing numbers of officers are carrying.
The incident is being investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
A Tactical Support Group officer is facing a criminal charge of grievous bodily harm for wrongly discharging his taser and a disciplinary charge of gross misconduct.
He has been placed on restricted duties.
A Met spokesman said police were still responding to reports of crimes in the area and that ongoing investigations were not affected.