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Originally posted by Parabol
Yes the tazer has killed people, but how many of them had preexisting heart conditions or other medical ailments?
Yes tazers can kill, i believe 260 is the most recent figure for number of deaths since 2001. Why don't you compare that statistic to the number of firearm related deaths, or rather the ratio of times used to number of deaths incurred.
He was not tazed because he was a speeder, that's ridiculous. He was tazed because he disobeyed simple commands to turn around while he walked back to his car with his hands in his pockets. Which could mean the person is attempting to get away or reaching for a weapon. That is a threat to the officers safety. What other good reason would the driver have to do that, besides not being very smart?
Taser stun guns issued to police forces across the country have been declared broadly safe, following the largest independent study of injuries inflicted by the weapons.
A medical review of nearly 1,000 cases in which the controversial weapons were fired found that 99.7% of those hit were either unharmed or suffered only mild injuries, such as scrapes and bruises.
But the study suggests there is a strong link between those more seriously injured and the number of times they are shocked by a Taser. The weapons incapacitate their targets with a 50,000-volt electric shock.
The guns are set to deliver a five-second shock before resetting, but in some cases officers have discharged them repeatedly to subdue people.
Originally posted by Mystery_Lady
That is exactly why they should be considered lethal weapons. The officer should automatically assume that the victim does have some type of condition where a tazer will kill them. Only use it when the situation absolutely warrants it.
Now that would truly be comparing apples to oranges. How can you really compare something that is suppose to be lethal to something that is suppose to be non-lethal? Unless the definition of non-lethal has changed, non-lethal is suppose to mean not able to kill. Apparently, tazers do not fit that description, since they can kill.
The person could have put his hands in his pocket because his hands were cold, he was nervous, or out of habit. I would have not thought that to be threatening in any way, shape, or form.
The question remains, if the cop didn't have a tazer, would he have shot the person? I do feel tazers should only be used if the cop would have normally have pulled his gun and shot the person before tazers ever existed.
I would like to know exactly what portion of the population was being studied. Did they study strong, healthy, young adults that would be more than likely to take these kids of electro shocks? Did they include the middle aged, who are known to have more health problems than young adults? Since the cops are tazering young kids and the elderly, did they include that group of people in the study? Did they include people who are not healthy and have medical problems? Statics can be manipulated in many different
This is only physical harm done. What about the emotional harm done not only to the person being tazered, but also by the family member or friend who witnesses the tazering?
Originally posted by Badge01
Too often we get used to the patience shown by the cops and feel it's OK to talk back.
But what we don't realize, maybe, is that the cops do not have to be that patient, they don't have to struggle to cuff people and they don't have to give a command twice.
Originally posted by Dr Love
Originally posted by gottago
Every law enforcement officer who is issued a taser should have it used once on him or her during training.
They do, and at least in most major police departments it's standard practice.
There are obviously people that just don't like cops, regardless of if they're doing their job right or not.
This 'tard got himself tased and put his family in a terrible position over a worthless traffic ticket. I'll even be willing to bet that his wife was in the car telling him to just sign the damn thing and let's go. He was probably just putting on a show for her, a show she wasn't even interested in seeing.
Originally posted by eyewitness86
Originally posted by gottago
DL, as always you're right on the money: I do agree with your characterization of the driver, but unfortunately he met up with a moron/bully cop and it was a match made in Heaven, at least for the cop.
Originally posted by LDragonFire
I bet that if a citizen tazed a cop they would face attempted murder charges, like if the wife in the video had a tazer and zapped this out of control officer with it.