Well here it is my friends, I finally have to put this out there for the masses to see. As many of you that responded to my last post know, I am a
Military Police Officer in the Army. SO I see it fitting that I comment on this HOT topic.
Many People believe that Tasers are dangerous and should not be used by police. Well this spawns from two types of people, the dumb and the miss
informed. Once again you have the American population buying into MSM and what their friends are saying. Lets set the record straight.
Ill start you out with my personal experience. I have undergone much training as a police officer while in the service. I can assure you of a couple
things. Firstly, pepper spray HURTS LIKE HELL, BUT its also incredibly messy and will continue to burn the person that got sprayed at least 4 hours
after they took the hit. If you have never been sprayed I would not suggest it. I have been and I can assure you it is not a pleasant experience. The
main issue I have with pepper spray though is that when police officers are trained on how to use it properly they have to get sprayed, then maneuver
through aprox 8 - 10 stations where they get attacked repeatedly. The issue I see with it is if an officer can fight through it then anyone can. Its a
danger to officer safety, and if can be avoided should be.
Next I remember someone saying something about using a police night stick (aka PR-24 or ASP) instead of a Taser, lets explore this fatal option. My
experience with the PR-24 started early on in my career when during one of my training classes for this weapon, one of the students got his hand broke
by his partner during a drill. This is just one of many accidents that happened during the training but the most severe.
Now lets fast forward a little, I am now a certified instructor on proper use of this weapon in the field. I have trained many students on the proper
use however I make sure to pay specific attention when I explain to them the dangers. There are specific areas that a person is considered safe to hit
(thighs, abdomen, arms) and specific areas that a person is considered not safe to hit (neck, temple, groin, ribs, face). The areas that are safe to
hit are considered green due to the fact it will cause the least amount of damage however can still break bones, and bruise. The areas that are not
safe are considered red due to the fact it can cause permanent damage and or death. When you actually have to use this weapon in an altercation I can
assure you your subject will not be standing still letting you aim for the green zones to strike. Thus making this a very dangerous weapon and should
only be used to protect life. I always suggest to my students that they only use this weapon when the subject has a striking object also (bat, club,
long blunt objects) or to break out windows.
Finally that brings us to the taser. Tasers are an excellent way to stop a situation BEFORE it becomes a danger to anyone. A Taser when activated will
give pulses of 7-30 secs completely immobilizing a subject. Once the taser is deactivated it will not give any residual pain, unlike pepper spray or a
night stick. Tasers will also NOT cause any lasting damage/death. I now reference the recorded FACTS.
Facts about Tasers
Are Tasers dangerous to persons with pacemakers? NO! Both the human heart and pacemakers are able to withstand the power of a defibrillator that emits
300 joules of energy. A Taser emits less than one Joule of energy. These devices have been used over 1 million times without causing a single
TASER® ECD has proven to significantly reduce injuries to suspects up to 79%.
Estimated 9000 lives saved.
City of Minneapolis, MN. 2005 statistics showed 326 events with use of force resulting in injuries 43.2% of the time. After TASER® of 154 events,
5.8% resulted in suspect injuries.
Cincinnati PD documented 56% reduction in work comp costs.
Cape Coral , Florida PD documented 93% reduction from 2002 to 2004
My main point being that even IF someone were to die from a taser strike the ones that DID NOT would out way that by so much its impractical to not
use them. TASERS SAVE LIVES. Some officers may abuse the right to use the weapons at his or her disposal but we are not talking about corruption we
are talking about the effects of the taser as a less than leathal weapon.
In the appropriate hands this is an effective means of subduing a subject that is a threat to themselves or others without any lasting effects or
danger to the officer.
I beg people please stay on topic with this one. I can already see people commenting on polictics, bush, the war in Iraq, chem. Trails, and more. This
post is about the safety of Tasers, NOTHING MORE!
Thanks for reading I look forward to seeing everyone’s point of view on this topic.
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