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ACLU: Tasers No Longer a "Non-Lethal" Alternative for "Law Enforcement"!

Tasers No Longer a Non-Lethal Alternative for Law Enforcement

Posted by Rebecca McCray, Criminal Law Reform Project & Emma Andersson, Criminal Law Reform Project at 3:39pm

Tasers subject their victims to a 50,000 volt shock followed by 100 microsecond pulses of 1,200 volts. Since 2001, more than 500 people in the United States have died after law enforcement officers used this weapon against them. A study published this week by the American Heart Association’s Circulation Journal confirms that the misuse of a Taser can cause sudden cardiac arrest and death.

In theory, a Taser is intended to serve as a non-lethal method of control for law enforcement officers when they need to physically restrain a dangerous person. But as the new Circulation study demonstrates, Tasers cannot so simply be categorized as “non-lethal.” In addition, there are far too many instances in which officers have impulsively deployed Tasers against children, pregnant women and the mentally ill, even though the victims posed no real danger to either the officers or anyone else.

The new evidence that Tasers can cause cardiac arrest and death, coupled with the disturbing trend of officers using Tasers in flagrantly unnecessary situations, makes it all the more troubling that states do not uniformly or consistently govern or regulate officers’ use of Tasers. This means that Taser policies vary greatly between police departments, often leading to vague, outdated and inaccurate guidelines that result in misunderstanding about the misuse of these allegedly non-lethal weapons.

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500 dead. nuf said

tasers aren't human prods. they're life endangering lethal force.

Yup, But, the truly tragically sad thing is, like guns,

Tasers are legitimate inanimate tools that can either be used for good, or evil.

Now, in the hands of the citizenry, I don't mind.

But knowing the typical sociopathic psych.profile of a typical govt employee, it's a recipe for disaster.

On top of their currently predominant legal fiction of "qualified immunity" which they employ daily to shirk their responsibility for even the most heinous crimes, and routine felonies committed under color of law, it's doubly troubling that Tasers are sold to these budding tinpot despot wannabes that they're 'not lethal' to 'less than lethal' and that 'there's scientific proof that that tasers DON'T cause cardiac arrest (like duh, gee I wonder what the medical profession use to defibrillate, hm could it be electric shock?? like DUH??), but excited delirium (kinda like Lexus, it's a made up term) kills'-propaganda meme.

Gee, what natively psychotic a-hole alive is gonna pass up a chance to be completely legally indemnified after murdering someone?

OF course, with the way they're taught, on top of their sociopathic psych. profile, the only manner in which use of tasers can manifest is in death and torture for compliance, as these are the same individuals back in high school, would've been the same who lacked verbal communication skills so expressed themselves like children: pure joy, or pure anger.

It CAN be a proper tool, if one's true goals were to not escalate to lethal option, in a setting in which a lethal option should otherwise be applied. But when does that ever happen?

Of course, such measured and appropriate use of a tool like Tasers can only happen in a Unicornland where statists are innocuous naive angels without any murderous or authoritarian impulses.

I knew as soon as Tasers became ubiquitous, you'll see cops use them more for torture-compliance than saving lives or preventing a genuine assailant from committing harm.

The fact that tasering of children, pregnant women, and 87yo grandmas are the norm should prove beyond the shadow of a doubt what they're really intended to be used as: torture compliance to remind us the 'peons' who's really in charge, and acclimate the populace to daily tyranny by 'proving' to the plaint sheeple that even your 87yo grandma 'deserved' to be tortured to comply with the wishes of the polyester-donning 'gods' of idiot realm.

It's like we give guns, tasers, batons, tear gas to literally the lowest cerebrally non-existent common denominator of a society, and literally allow them to so often get away with murder, assault, torture, rape, and kidnapping.

If I don't say it enough, it's high time this society completely eradicates the very fundamental mental notion/concept that we 'need a police force' to 'protect us' to begin with: http://www.dailypaul.com/220235/govt-terrorists-null-void-ji...

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

I honestly believe God's

I honestly believe God's judgment is going to fall hard on the people who run Taser International.


it's always a bitch, when one's evil.

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul