Taser used in kebab shop brawl

A TASER was used to subdue a crazed man out the front of a Sydney kebab shop just hours after a NSW Coroner slammed police for excessively using the weapon in a brawl that left a Brazilian student dead.

Officers also used capsicum spray while restraining a man, 55, who had allegedly thrown a policeman through the shop's glass window.

The man had allegedly been in a fight with another man before police intervened.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione told ABC radio the officers were in a "serious situation" and the taser was only deployed after the capsicum spray appeared to have "no effect" on the man.

State Coroner Mary Jerram said on Friday the actions of police during a struggle with Brazilian student Roberto Laudiso were "dangerous and excessively forceful".

Mr Scipione told reporters on Wednesday that while he accepted Coroner Mary Jerram's comments were "scathing", he believed tasers saved lives and still had a place in policing.



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