Richard Hagan: Payout after being Tasered by Merseyside Police

A man who suffered facial injuries when he fell over after being Tasered by a police officer has accepted £24,000 compensation from Merseyside Police.

Richard Hagan left the Print House Pub in Prescot at about midnight on 7 March 2011 with his partner and her father.

They saw a group arguing on the street and the police arrived and told them all to get on the pavement. Mr Hagan ran away and was stunned by an officer.

Merseyside Police confirmed the out of court settlement.

Mr Hagan had not been involved in the argument and had run away after being approached by an officer, his solicitor said.

The police officer chased him through a residential area and as Mr Hagan ran towards a main road, he was hit in the shoulder and buttock with the stun gun.

He lost four front teeth and had to have a bridge and crown fitted after falling on to his face when he was stunned, his solicitor said.

Mr Hagan was held in a police cell overnight.

In a statement Merseyside Police said the force "remains absolutely committed to the highest integrity and the professional standards of its officers at all times".

"All officers issued with [a] Taser are required to complete mandatory training and annual re-qualification to maintain the highest of standards," it said.

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