I did a little looking around just to add a bit of useful information to this thread. You see a 10 year old is quite small and I had a suspicion that
the standard police taser may be rated for an adult sized person, so it may be more lethal when used against someone the size of a 10 year old.
To start with, I have found that the Linton Police Department uses the M-26 which delivers 50,000 Volts at 26 Watts, 162mA and 1.76 Joules.
, on Wikipedia, you can read that there have been law suits by Police offices who
claim to have been injured when shocked during training classes. That comes right after a paragraph advising "tests on police and military volunteers
have shown Tasers to function appropriately on a healthy, calm individual in a relaxed and controlled environment", although Amnesty International
have concerns over use in the field as the conditions would differ from the test environment.
Also, it goes on to say that "the actual deployment of Tasers by police in the years since Tasers came into widespread use is claimed to have
resulted in more than 180 deaths as of 2006".
So, evedence suggests that a taser can injure and kill an adult. No surprises there, but is there more risk when the person getting shocked is smaller
than an adult? Well, according to the same site here
International asserts that the Taser is safe for use on anyone weighing 60 pounds (27 kg) or more."
That doesn't really answer my question though, I would like to know if the level of risk becomes greater as the subject getting tased becomes
smaller. I would like to know that because according to
in 2003 "MTAS was asked
to supply policies and procedures for police use of tasers" and that policy states that disparity must be considered when the appropriate level of
force is decided. Basically, that means if somebody is smaller, weaker and less skilled (trained) than the officer, less force should be used on them.
Disparity is not the only thing to be considered, but it is certainly part of it. So you see, at least in Tennessee, the use of a taser by a Police
officer against a 10 year old seems to be against policy.
So if the risk to a small person is more great than to a normal adult sized person and the officer subjected them to that risk while acting outside of
procedure... you can see how that could be something important to consider in this debate.
But I haven't found a factual answer to my question, there just isn't that much known about tazers. I looked, and the data just doesn't seem to
Editing to say that there was already plenty of useful information on this thread, I meant to say I just wanted to add a little more.
[edit on 1/12/2009 by Recouper]