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Originally posted by ThePeoplesSoldier
... Next to verbal skills its probly the best weapon a patrol has.
Originally posted by the_denv
The blog is from Syracuse? I was there back in 1998, did you know that Syracuse is a CIA front?
Originally posted by ArMaP
reply to post by paranoiaFTW
To kill a person it's needed more that 100 mA, on average.
But skin conductivity is extremely variable (and one of the things measured by the polygraph, because it changes with the nervousness of the person), so even the same person will be affected in different ways if hit at different times.
If the current has a direct pathway to the heart (e.g., via a cardiac catheter or other kind of electrode), a much lower current of less than 1 mA (AC or DC) can cause fibrillation. If not immediately treated by defibrillation, fibrillations are usually lethal because all the heart muscle cells move independently. Above 200 mA, muscle contractions are so strong that the heart muscles cannot move at all.
Originally posted by ArMaP
From what I have read the barbs are supposed to get stuck to the clothes and the discharge happens on the skin.
the use of the taser is not without after-effects. The site of skin penetration where the "dart" enters can become significantly burned. Because the dart penetrates about 0.5 - 1.5 cm below the skin, the burn encircles the entrance point to a mild extent, but tends to be fairly deep.
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the darts need to be removed. They become "stuck" in the skin and underlying tissue, not unlike a fishhook, and removing them can be tricky. Sometimes the assailant has to be brought to the ER for removal of the dart. Medical personnel should remove it if it enters the head, neck, or groin regions, for instance. The police officer, of course, should avoid hitting these areas-- and also avoid hitting the chest.
The heart speeds up with certain taser exposures, and in unusual cases a rhythm called ventricular fibrillation is seen. This rhythm usually results in cardiac arrest and death, unless promptly treated.
There have been case reports of other types of injuries with taser use: the dart penetrating through the skull and then through the surface of the brain; fractured vertebrae, even when no fall has occurred; seizures; eye injuries leading to blindness; trauma due to the fall that takes place; and drowning if the assailant falls into water.
All tasers can be used in “probe” mode, meaning that they fire the barbs and their trailing wires out of the hand-held unit. In addition some of the models can also be used in “touch stun” mode. This means that the electrical contacts on the hand-held unit are pressed directly onto the subject.
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When a taser is discharged at a target a large separation of the barbs is desirable in order to provide maximum incapacitation. However, it is also important that both barbs will penetrate the target’s skin or at least attach onto their clothing, otherwise the circuit cannot be completed and the electricity will not flow through the target.
I got the idea (without any confirmation) that the discharge can be repeated without firing another set of barbs and without removing the front of the taser, as long as the person has the barbs stuck to the clothes (or to him/herself) the "operator" can keep on activating more and more discharges.