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In Illinois, a little fewer than half of the municipal police agencies that responded to a 2007 survey reported they were using electroshock weapons, according to the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, and more departments have since bought the weapons. Several suburban agencies contacted by the Tribune appear to have started using them in 2008 or 2009.
Taser International and police departments have faced lawsuits over safety. And though many fatalities following electroshock weapon use have been attributed to other causes, human rights group Amnesty International has counted 490 deaths after electroshock device use in the U.S. since 1990, said Debra Erenberg, Midwest regional director for the group. In some 50 cases between 2001 and 2008, coroners listed the weapons as a cause or contributing factor in a death, according to a study by the group.
Originally posted by filosophia
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Here is an article published thursday updated today about the taser debate. I think people will be siding with the taser, although they shouldnt.
Do you think the shooting was justifiable.?
The police department had knowledge of the boys handicap, and previously have dealt with the same situation, using tasers to subdue him.
The article also says the lead officer did not have a taser on him, Why.?
A loaded weapon on a kid with autism .?
I just don't understand that with all the training and ways to subdue a person NON-lethaly, you still fire two rounds into a kid who allegedly had a butter knife.?
How many of these stories are going to have to pop up before the Police Department looks at their recruitment process!
A 15 year old kid with a butter knife can be disarmed, this was murder.
That still doesn't excuse the trigger happy police officers to put two slugs in a handicapped boy.
These cops knew the situation they were going into and should've made an effort to keep they're weapons holstered, or at least come prepared with a taser/pepper spray.
Police say 15-year-old Stephon Watts was in the basement and apparently had been fighting with his father. When two officers went downstairs, police say the boy lunged at the officers with a knife.
I agree, i'm sorry, but you do not raise a gun to a child unless you have justifiable cause.
A butter knife is not justifiable cost.
Police wear bulletproof armor...
...guns should only be used against other guns. Otherwise they have other methods of detaining people.
This is, if I'm not mistaken, basically one of the types of scenarios that the use of Tazers was implemented for.
Non-criminal but potential danger to self and others given circumstances.
But they'd responsed to similar situations almost a dozen times. They came grossly underprepared in my mind
Possibly, but this is another reason to not call police for assistance.
If officers want to have respect in their community they should not go shooting mentally handicapped children in their own homes, because they are having a tantrum.
A butterknife cut is not going to kill someone, nor would it likely penetrate clothing of an officer in any vital organ.
Whatever happened to all of that firearm training cops were supposed to be getting on how to NOT fire a lethal shot to take down a perp ?
Like shooting someone in the shin versus blowing their brains out ?