Footage has emerged purporting to show a NSW police officer tasering himself in a very sensitive area while fellow officers struggle to make an arrest – but it may not be as bad as it appears.
“Just because you may not have ever tased yourself in the gonads doesn’t mean someone else hasn’t,” Facebook page “Cop Humour Australia” captioned the video last Thursday.
The 30-second clip appears to show NSW police officers arresting a man on the ground at a shopping centre, but behind the arresting officers another can be seen grasping his groin area with one hand while holding a taser in the other.
But things may not be as they seem.
As the officer limps to the side of screen, another officer then hurriedly assists him to take off his watch.
Commenters on the Facebook page have pointed out the watch may be the real issue, and the officer may not have tasered himself where the post suggests at all.
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One commenter shared a picture of a gold Casio G-Shock that appears similar to one worn by the officer in the video, showing what looks like two taser barbs sticking out of it.
It’s unclear when the incident actually occurred, and if it occurred as it has so far been reported by the Facebook page.
NSW Police told news.com.au it’s yet to determine when and where the vision was taken, but it is not believed to be recent.
Due to a lack of information NSW Police were also unable to provide any further detail on the incident, including on the officer’s condition.
It also declined to comment on the Facebook page itself, aside from noting that it’s not illegal to film police officers in public.
The Facebook page is owned by a UK company called BLACKICE TRADING and claims to be run “by police, for police”.
It’s an offshoot of a similar page in the UK, where three out of the five page managers appear to be based.
In addition to posting videos like the kind it shared last Thursday, the page shares a variety of policing-focused memes, including one that referred to the taser that appeared to cause the officer such pain as a “tickle gun”.
It also has a shop on the page selling a variety of “Thin Blue Line” patches.
One of the patches commemorates four Victorian Police officers who died on duty last year.
Victorian Police has told its officers not to wear the Thin Blue Line patches.
The patch was initially intended to show solidarity between US and Canadian police forces but has made its way to Australia too.
In the last year it has also been co-opted as a symbol of opposition to things like the Black Lives Matter movement and as a way of showing support to the Blue Lives Matter movement started in reaction.
Queensland Police noted the patch is “not part of the standard QPS uniform” after one of its officers was pictured wearing the patch at a Black Lives Matter rally, which followed the death in custody of a 48-year-old Indigenous woman at a Brisbane watch house in September last year.
NSW Police Force likewise said the patches are not part of standard issue uniform.