South Australia Police were responding to reports that a 36-year-old woman had threatened Rundle Mall security with a knife around 11:30am on June 16
Shocking footage shows the moment police tasered a woman in front of horrified onlookers after she allegedly entered a shopping center in Australia with a knife.
Mall security personnel had approached the woman after being told she had been seen walking around with a gun.
However, the confrontation resulted in the woman allegedly threatening security personnel with a knife and the police being contacted.
Three officers from South Australia Police’s Security Response Section surrounded the woman at around 11.30am at the scene at Rundle Mall Plaza in Adelaide on Thursday (16 June).
In a clip of the incident, the 36-year-old Blackwood woman appeared to yell at officers.
After the short verbal argument, she seems to take a step towards one of the officers.
The officers then tasered her and she fell to the ground, rolling onto her stomach and then onto her back while wrapping a hand around her arm.
One of the officers yelled, “Roll over onto your stomach. Stand up. Don’t move. Extend your arms.”
Both arms then twirled at her sides as she was seen squirming under the effects of the taser.
South Australia Police said in a statement: Security followed her into the mall and contacted police.
“Members of SAPOL’s Security Response Section quickly got to the scene and overpowered the woman with a taser.”
She was found to have a box cutter and two pairs of scissors with her before being taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for a check-up.
She is believed to face charges of carrying an assault weapon and assault upon her release.
The news comes a week after a man who was tasered by police before falling into the River Thames in London has died.
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