Tasers Kill One Person Every Week

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Tasers became a popular weapon for law enforcement in 2009.  They were intended to be non-lethal, saving lives of both suspects and police.  Studies show that almost one person has died every week from Taser use since 2009.

There have been 190 Taser-related deaths in the United States since 2009, according to a blog called ‘Electronic Village.’  Amnesty International reports that there were 341 deaths between 2001, and 2008, totaling 541 deaths in 12 years.

90 percent of those killed by Taser use were unarmed.

Wednesday an 18-year-old man was stunned in Miami Beach.  Officer Jorge Mercado fired his stun-gun at Israel Hernandez-Llach, who officers were pursuing for ‘tagging’ an abandoned McDonald’s restaurant.

The Miami Herald wrote that “witnesses reported that Miami Beach police officers, who had been chasing him for about 10 minutes, celebrated trapping and Tasering him by slapping each other with high-fives as the teenager lay dying in the street” from the electric shock of the stun gun.

Members of the art community condemned the police.  Hernandez-Liach was an award winning artist.  His work had been recognized by Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Shultz.

Officer Mercado has been placed on administrative leave while the incident continues to be investigated.

James Turnage

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4 Responses to "Tasers Kill One Person Every Week"

  1. Link Lover   August 14, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Mr. Tuttle, on behalf of the readers, I hope that you can ENLIGHTEN us all by providing us with some user-friendly access to the data you espoused in your comment.

    You posed the question: “As to a TASER death a week?” But you didn’t provide an answer. And so, if not a TASER death a week, then what ARE the stats and where can we see them?

    You said: “As to breathing you may want to recheck the research on that. TASER.” Can you help us with a link?

    You said: “Not using a TASER on someone drinking? Check the studies. The most common influence used by those hit by TASER devices is alcohol.” Would you kindly provide us with links to the studies you mention?

    You said: “Electrical applications causing arrhythmia? You should check the research on that.” Could you help us out with that by providing links to the research?

    You said: “Try and find the research on PubMed, you might be shocked.” Why don’t you show us where to look? Link please.

    Thank you for your time.

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  2. Steve Tuttle   August 13, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    I work for TASER and have since it’s founding days. And I’m the PR guy you mentioned.

    This story is off the mark as are your non-factual opinions. The TASER was never developed to replace a firearm. We’ve never marketed this as an “alternative to deadly force.” Deadly force is deadly force, period. TASER devices are use almost universally at the same level of resistance as pepper spray.

    The reader espouses data from Amnesty that 90% of those hit by TASER are unarmed? It should probably be higher. You don’t bring a knife to a gunfight yet you CLEARLY STATE in all caps, Tasers should only be used in a situation in which the use of a firearm is an absolute MUST. WRONG!

    As to a TASER death a week?

    As to breathing you may want to recheck the research on that. TASER.

    Not using a TASER on someone drinking? Check the studies. The most common influence used by those hit by TASER devices is alcohol.

    Electrical applications causing arrhythmia? You should check the research on that.

    I know you want do the research but perhaps this will enlighten you, TASER devices are the most studied less-lethal tool on an officer’s belt. Try and find the research on PubMed, you might be shocked.

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  3. AK FourtySeven   August 10, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Medic588, do you work for Taser International? Because you are completely full of it. You’re wrong. Tasers and other high-voltage stun devices have been PROVEN to cause cardiac arrhythmia in susceptible subjects (and even some ***not-so-susceptible***), leading to heart attack and/or death in minutes by ventricular fibrillation, which leads to cardiac arrest and—if not treated immediately—to sudden death!! To make matters worse, police officers often overuse Tasers. Tasers should only be used in a situation in which the use of a firearm is an absolute MUST. Taser International has stated in a training bulletin that repeated blasts of a taser can “impair breathing and respiration”. Also, on Taser’s website it is stated that, for a subject in a state described as “excited delirium”, repeated or prolonged stuns with the Taser can contribute to “significant and potentially fatal health risks”. So Taser CAN be considered use of deadly force, which should NOT be used on someone who had a few drinks, spray painted a building or done a petty crime. If you work for Taser’s PR department, you should be fired.

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  4. Medic588   August 10, 2013 at 8:02 am

    You have written this in such as way that makes its look like 1) the primary cause of death is the taser, and 2) that there would have been no deaths if tasers were not used. That would be a false and misleading statement. When you look deeper into each of these cases you will see that there is significant number of cases of “excited delirium”, drug and alcohol use, and other underlying medical issues. Secondly, there is no clinical data or test data that suggest a taser will “electrocute” you to death. ANd lastly, if these people had 1) complied, or 2) no done the crime, or 3) no used drugs, alcohol, or other… perhaps things would be different. Bu then you may be right, maybe the cops should go back to just fist fights or using a baton. You can afford to risk their lives.

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