POLICE: Is this really necessary?

Police taser gun ANL-150307-184929001
Police taser gun ANL-150307-184929001
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Walking through the Saturday market in our small and peaceful rural town, I was brought up short by the sight of a burly copper – togged out in bullet proof vest and packing a taser.

For goodness sake, was he expecting an ISIS waving fanatic to jump out of the cabbages on the veg stall? Or a mad axeman to leap out from the lingerie stall? It was bad enough he was standing around, scaring all the children and old grannies.

Is this really necessary?