Taser “Don’t Aim for the Chest”

The maker of Taser stun guns has advised law enforcement agencies to avoid hitting suspects in the chest.

Essentially this boils down to “Don’t aim for center mass” in most situations.

“Sudden cardiac arrest, a leading cause of death in the United States, often occurs in the midst of an arrest, Taser International said in the bulletin. If a stun gun is discharged to the chest, a lawsuit likely will follow, charging that police used excessive force, the document said.”

I believe the real issue is one of bad policy and an increasing tendency in our law enforcement units to act under a “police state” philosophy.

Tasers should be an alternative to lethal force. However, instead they have become the means of forcing submission. Even when dealing with non-violent individuals. It’s Taze first ask questions later. If someone is not immediately being obedient to every whim of the officer – taser!

I am of the opinion that tasers should only be used if there is a threat of violence. If someone is simply asking a question or seemingly ignoring the officer’s directions. That is NOT a use justification for lethal force or its alternatives.  The officer should assess the situation, call for back up, proceed with caution. Not just shoot on sight with a taser. Sometimes the situation requires other actions, such as the case of the man who was in diabetic and was tasered  because he did not respond to the officers.  When what he really needed was medical treatment.

This statement by taser may force a policy change. Because now lawyers will point to this statement as de facto evidence of a known risk. And that tasers should not be used wantonly, but only under duress.

CNN Article here…

Published in: on October 23, 2009 at 8:28 pm  Comments (1)  
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  1. Well, any force can result in lethal force. These cops need to be reminded of that.

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