It is absolutely time to recognize that these are lethal devices, to ONLY be used as an alternate to deadly force. In the past five years, over TWO HUNDRED people have died as a result of having tasers' 20,000 lethal volts course through their bodies. Contrast that to the deaths-by-cop from service weapons; it's about 600 per year. It seems a small number, about a 1:15 ratio. But, that's still 6% of police deaths from a supposedly "safe" method of detaining people.
Among the more egregious instances:
- Cops tasing a man who was trying to leave an E.R...with a baby in his arms...who had been waiting in the E.R. for hours and wanted to get treatment elsewhere for the child.
- Babies being tased when cops miss...happens more than you think.
- The above sickening tale.