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Occupant No-name

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The Trouble with Tasers
« on: March 29, 2005, 07:50:55 am »

“Early tasers, those used from the 1970s until the early 1990s, were lower wattage devices. "The original taser operated on only five watts and was followed by Air Taser on seven watts," says the November Amnesty International report.

William Bozeman, a medical doctor at the Wake Forest University department of emergency medicine, is investigating the safety of tasers for the Justice Department. "They've increased the amount of wattage that's delivered," he says. Above fourteen watts, he says, you get "electro-muscular disruption."

According to Taser International, that's the point. The "uncontrollable contraction of the muscle tissue" allows the taser "to physically debilitate a target regardless of pain tolerance or mental focus," says the company website. The tasers "directly tell the muscles what to do: contract until the target is in the fetal position on the ground."

Cops are using these devices on children as young as six, the elderly, those in wheelchairs, and in many other dubious situations. Anyone who they deem “non-compliant” gets tased. Unlike mace or pepper spray, it hurts you permanently too.

A very good article about the dangers of this new “officer safety” technology can be found here:

http://www.progressive.org/april05/cusac0405.php :(
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Astra

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The Trouble with Tasers
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2005, 05:38:28 am »

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Even one-year-olds have been shocked, according to records Taser International supplied to the Associated Press. The company also told the San Jose Mercury News that its taser can be used safely on toddlers.
I can't imagine any realistic situation where a one-year-old could threaten a police officer. I wonder if there's any way to track down more detailed records of these incidents? And are they just assuming it's safe, or did they actually test it?

Diseases that kill their hosts die out. It's in the best interest of the disease to keep its host alive.

Tasers: all the fun of shooting citizens, with none of the messy paperwork! No more worrying about what to do when your authority isn't respected and there are inconvenient witnesses nearby! And best of all, it's free - the taxpayers will buy one for you! Get yours today!

 
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