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Taser International Inc. faces lawsuits alleging that the company's Taser Electronic Control Devices (ECDs) have resulted in serious injury and even death. Furthermore, allegations have been made that victims are subjected to Taser abuse at the hands of people who use Taser stun guns.

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Taser Abuse Injury

Taser stun guns are powerful, non-lethal weapons that are meant for use by police as an alternative to using a firearm. The ECDs are high-voltage, low-amperage devices that cause involuntary muscle contractions, loss of body control, extreme pain and fatigue in people who are Tasered. They are used to immobilize people by delivering painful shocks. However, the devices have been linked to cardiac arrest, respiratory failure, pacemaker malfunction, damaged eyes, central nervous system injury, miscarriage and death.

According to a report in The New York Times (09/02/05), a letter written by doctors and published in The New England Journal of Medicine reported that the use of a Taser stun gun caused a teenager to go into ventricular fibrillation. Ventricular fibrillation is usually fatal and the doctors noted that the teenager would have died if he had not received immediate medical care.

According to Amnesty International, officers have started using the Taser on people who are not a physical threat to the officer. For example, the organization notes that Taser guns are used in jails and in booking areas in police stations even though suspects in those places are, by definition, already subdued and in custody. Furthermore, at least one suspect died after a shock while on a gurney—he had received two previous shocks before being placed on the gurney.

Amnesty International also notes that among Taser-related deaths in the year prior to the organization's 2006 report, "Amnesty International's Continuing Concerns about Taser Use," 40 people were shocked more than three times and one person was shocked up to 19 times.

"Amnesty International believes it is highly disturbing that Tasers should continue to be used in circumstances in which the suspect is unarmed and poses no serious threat," the report states. In fact, the organization found that of the 152 deaths documented by Amnesty International up to February, 2006, most of those who died in custody were unarmed, many were subjected to repeated or prolonged shocks, use of the Taser was often accompanied by use of restraints and/or chemical incapacitant sprays (such as pepper spray) and most of those who died went into cardiac or respiratory arrest at the scene.

Although it is touted as "non-lethal", the TASER gives a powerful 50,000 volt shock that could cause death to someone with health issues. Several people have already died from being shocked by a Taser; furthermore, that type of force is not always required.

According to CNN.com (11/15/04), two children were stunned with Tasers in two weeks. The first was a 12-year-old girl who was caught skipping school, drinking and smoking. The second was a six-year-old boy who had threatened to cut his leg with glass. The boy's mother said the Taser was used even though there were three officers on the scene.

Taser Abuse Legal Help

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or death from a Taser, you may qualify for damages or remedies that may be awarded in a possible class action lawsuit. Please click the link below to submit your complaint and we will have a lawyer review your Taser complaint.
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TASER ABUSE LEGAL ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS

Is Taser Abuse out of Control?
Is Taser Abuse out of Control?
January 7, 2011
Washington, DC Since 2004, Amnesty International has stated that taser electro-shock weapons are contributing to widespread human rights abuses and that tasers are being used as tools of routine force instead of their original purpose—an alternative to firearms [READ MORE]

Police Taser 10-Year-Old Boy
Police Taser 10-Year-Old Boy
April 3, 2010
Martinsville, IN In the same week that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP in Canada apologized to the mother of a 40-year-old man who died after being repeatedly Tasered, two police officers from Indiana were suspended for using the Taser stun gun on a 10-year-old boy [READ MORE]

Taser Abuse Investigation Leads to Domestic Violence Charges
Taser Abuse Investigation Leads to Domestic Violence Charges
February 20, 2010
Merced, CA A county judge will allow a legless man to go to trial on charges of domestic violence after an investigation into alleged Taser abuse provided ample evidence against him [READ MORE]



READER COMMENTS

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Vincent
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I was hit with a teaser with my 2 year old son in my arms luckily I was able to catch the prongs in mid air and pulled them out wich cost me a charge of resisting arrest, anyway after I pulled them out and put my son down they tapered me 5 times in 30 to 45 second intervals...I believe they were trying to kill me by way of exited delirium is their technical terms for murder...nothing was even mentioned of any of this in court and am serving out my time and probation till this day...

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