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The Taser, the non-lethal law enforcement weapon that is meant to incapacitate criminals without causing great harm, has killed at least 500 people last decade. The real number of casualties might be even higher. In the period between 2001 and early 2012, the stun-gun Taser devices used by law enforcement across America have claimed the lives of 500 people. Amnesty International, the worldwide advocacy group that condemns torture and human rights violations, delivered the news this week with a report released Wednesday. In it, they reveal that the recent death of a Georgia man who died as a result of a Taser blast puts the body count brought on by the device at 500 in barely a decades’ time. Despite being branded as a non-lethal alternative to firearms, hundreds of Americans have died from Taser blasts.
In a 2008 report titled USA: Stun weapons in law enforcement, it was revealed that 90 percent of the Taser casualty cases studied involved a victim that was unarmed.
They use the tasers instead of having to physically stop someone, and if they need to shoot for any reason, these days they shoot to kill.
Of course some people should be tased, armed or not but 90% of the deaths occurring against unarmed people seems extreme. My understanding of the use of force continuum is that you only use the taser as a last resort before shooting. I've seen so many videos where the thing comes out instantly.
How many deaths have occurred in the same time period from physical altercations?