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The maker of Taser stun guns is advising police officers to avoid shooting suspects in the chest with the 50,000-volt weapon, saying that it could pose an extremely low risk of an "adverse cardiac event."
The advisory, issued in an Oct. 12 training bulletin, is the first time that Taser International has suggested there is any risk of a cardiac arrest related to the discharge of its stun gun.
But Taser officials said Tuesday that the bulletin does not state that Tasers can cause cardiac arrest. They said the advisory means only that law-enforcement agencies can avoid controversy over t
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The woman is calming down some at this point and I am standing just outside the door and the two junior Police Officer's are watching her, and as they both, simultaneously, turn their back on her, she leaps off the bed, threatening to kick both of their (her words coming here) lilly white butts (last word was not butt) and I do believe full well she meant this at the time because she had convinced me she was uncooperative. She had after all bitten the other Officer who was getting checked out elsewhere.
The other two Security Officer's had gone off to do something at this time, leaving myself with two Police Officer's to deal with this lady, but I got on the radio and requested assistance, to help with her, and I got a confirmation from both Security Officer's that they were en-route.
Before this had even happened though both Police Officer's had pulled out their tazers and were pointing them at this woman, explaining to her they would shoot her with them, ordering her to get back on the bed, or they would be forced to fire, and both men were literally three feet away from her, the room being small as Hell.
Remember, I had rolled the wheelchair out of the room, so I was outside of the room.
I considered, briefly, of trying to step in to distract her, part of our training is to distract a violent patient, but to me this was a no-go because of the drawn tazers, as well as the limited space in the room, this particular tactic could not work here and not only that but I could just see the woman not falling for it and myself being shot with a tazer in the process of these fine Law Enforcement Officer's trying to knock her down.
I did what any smart man would do in this situation.
I took one step back.
Originally posted by JacKatMtn
reply to post by SpartanKingLeonidas
According to the pdf advisory.. the target zone is now a few inches lower.. the stomach/abdomen area I guess...
If they can show that this device IS as advertised, and NON lethal, I would have no problem with LEOs having this as a tool for enforcement..
I just can't see why these would be even considered since there have been numerous cases of death related to the deployment of this weapon..
Stick to the pepper spray, baton if necessary while this one is under review..
[edit on 10/21/2009 by JacKatMtn]
Originally posted by JacKatMtn
Instead of this advisory.. there should be a complete recall of these until they can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are indeed non-lethal..
A Canadian government investigation in July concluded that Taser stun guns can cause death, spurring law-enforcement agencies across the country to put severe new restrictions on how and when police there can use the weapons.
Police officers and Valentine got into a melee on the night of May 17 after they found him rolling in a ditch. Officers fired their Taser guns at him in an attempt to subdue him.
Valentine was arrested but immediately fell ill, so he was transported to a hospital, where he died of heart failure, according to the statement. But an autopsy performed on his body detected the presence of a controlled substance in his system.
Posted: 8:51 PM Oct 5, 2009
Man Identified in Taser Death:Update
Local authorities have finally identified the man who died after they stunned him with a taser Friday afternoon. Panama City police and Bay County Sheriff's deputies were conducting a joint drug operation, when they pulled a suspect car at turtle lake apartments. Police have identified the man as 38 year old Rickey R. Massey, of Georgia.
They say he appeared to swallow some drugs he was carrying to keep them from officers and he was tased when he resisted.
Details needed on Fort Worth Taser death
Jacobs, 24, died April 18 after a confrontation with police at his home on Ava Court Drive. Officer Stephanie Phillips shocked Jacobs twice with a Taser. He stopped breathing and was pronounced dead about an hour later at John Peter Smith Hospital.
Originally posted by Le Colonel
I fxing tasers. But i hate even more when people claim they are non-lethal.
I am of the school, that ANY object can be lethal. A ball point pen, a baseball bat, scissors, butter knife, can all be considered non-lethal weapons in one persons hand, but in anothers hand they are lethal weapons.
So what is the point of calling something that CAN kill non-lethal?