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Now Aníbal Fernández says that Tasers "are not for ordinary policemen"


The Security Minister said that "you have to train" those who are going to use them and that the ones he bought will be destined for elite forces. He called the ones purchased by Mauricio Macri "obsolete" and that he used them "in part payment."

Aníbal Fernández, Minister of Security of the Nation, assured this Thursday that

the Tasers "are not for common policemen"

, since, according to his position, training is needed for their use and he himself plans it

for the elite groups

of the four forces under its orbit.

Thus, the national official who confirmed the purchase of these non-lethal weapons, put

an end to the dispute with the City of Buenos Aires

, which demands that they allow the

bureaucratically blocked

entry of the shipment that it acquired for the Buenos Aires police, which the national government prevents him in Justice, with pandemic arguments.

In statements to the C5N signal, the Alberto Fernández official explained that the groups that will be prepared for the use of the non-lethal weapon will be

the Geof and the G1

of the Federal Police, the


de Gendarmerie,


de Prefectura and

the Airport Police


"We are looking for them to be able to train, because

you have to train

," said the head of the Security portfolio and exemplified with hypothetical scenarios.

"When a special group has to break in for

a raid

, for example, two things can happen. That they answer from the other side and they have to confront and

eventually kill

the one they are confronting or that they have room for

something else and they don't have to finish it off.

You can take out the Taser and thus stop it," he graphed, crudely.

In this sense, he stressed the obviousness that "

killing a person

is not the same as being able to stop them with this type of tool."

"That's why we're going to this," she faced the future

Later in the interview, however, Fernández insisted that

these weapons are not for "ordinary police officers

. "

"I said it a while ago, I saw that they put it on this same channel today and I still maintain the same thing. It's not for the common policeman yet," the minister reaffirmed.


We have plenty of specialists

to train them", he said and slipped the possibility that in the future its use could be extended to all the security forces.

"I don't know if tomorrow we will have them all with Taser," he launched, hypothetical.

Earlier, Fernández had confirmed the

acquisition in October of one hundred Tasers

and that the City could also make use of them.

He then seemed to circumscribe his words.

"In October I bought them (the pistols), we made a tender," the minister explained early, detailing that there were

various bidders

and that one of them had already presented himself as a "supplier during Mauricio Macri's administration," he explained.

Aníbal Fernández: "The Tasers that macrismo bought are obsolete, they took them as part of payment"

Aníbal Fernández and the controversy over Taser pistols.

Photo Noel Smart

Aníbal Fernández said that the price for the hundred weapons was

293 thousand dollars

, from which

123 thousand must be "discounted"

for those acquired during the government of Mauricio Macri, at the end of his administration.

"They were never used," revealed the former Kirchnerist chief of staff, who also ruled that those "

are obsolete

. "

What the minister did not say is that it was due to a regulation of the current president Fernández who had

repealed a protocol

on the use of Tasers at the beginning of his term, during the time of

Sabina Frederic as minister


"They were taken

as part of payment

and that is why we have to pay 170,000 dollars: 90 for the weapons and 80 for spare parts to be able to sustain them," explained Minister Fernández.

In July 2019, the former president acquired 60 non-lethal weapons of the same brand from a United States supplier and they had been destined for the Ministry of Security then led by Patricia Bullrich.

But they were never used.

The truth is that the bid regarding the equipment with Tasers between the City and the Nation is not new, but the debate returned to settle in recent weeks after the death of the City Police agent Maribel Salazar,


in Retiro station on Subway line C.

It was

Marcelo D'Alessandro

, the Buenos Aires Minister of Security on leave, who

reintroduced the issue

on the agenda through social networks.

"The confrontation could have been controlled with a Taser pistol. Two years ago we bought 60 units, but the Kirchner government blocked them with the festival of trout excuses they use to defend criminals," he wrote on Twitter.

Later it was learned that the Nation appealed a court ruling that forced the National Agency for Controlled Materials (ANMAC) to unlock the entry of the Tasers purchased by the management of Horacio Rodríguez Larreta.


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Source: clarin

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