Thursday, September 29, 2005

Shocking News

According to Amnesty International, more than 70 people have died from Tasers in the United States since 2001.

Taser advocates claim the weapon gives them a "non-lethal" alternative to subdue aggressive suspects. However, the purported non-lethality of Tasers may indirectly encourage police officers to use the weapon even when their safety is not compromised. For example, there has been at least one recorded incident in which a Taser was used when a suspect refused to give a urine sample, while he was handcuffed to his hospital bed.

"You better pee, son. I mean right now! If I don't see some yellow liquid, I'm gonna have to zap you! Give that shy bladder a shock! BZZZZZZZ!"

The following chart shows taser death stats from 2004. The body count continues.


Blogger Teddy Pig said...

I hate to say it but Tasers just seem to be the new police billy club of choice. At some point you have to wonder if the police would have just as likely used something else to do damage with if it were not the Taser. Would these people be any less dead or just dead from something else?

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