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The Advanced Taser M26, manufactured by Taser International, is one of two types of stun guns used by police forces.

The Advanced Taser M26, manufactured by Taser International, is one of two types of stun guns used by police forces.

Industry claims that Taser stun guns are safe and non-lethal do not stand up to scrutiny, said Amnesty International today as it called on governments to limit their deployment to life-threatening situations or to suspend their use.

The call came as the organization released one of the most detailed reports to date on the safety of the stun gun. The report “USA: Less than lethal?” is being published as the number of people who died after being struck by Tasers in the USA reached 334 between 2001 and August 2008.

“Tasers are not the ‘non-lethal’ weapons they are portrayed to be,” said Angela Wright, US researcher at Amnesty International and author of the report. “They can kill and should only be used as a last resort.”

“The problem with Tasers is that they are inherently open to abuse, as they are easy to carry and easy to use and can inflict severe pain at the push of a button, without leaving substantial marks,” said Angela Wright.

Amnesty International’s study — which includes information from 98 autopsies — found that 90 per cent of those who died after being struck with a Taser were unarmed and many did not appear to present a serious threat.

Many were subjected to repeated or prolonged shocks — far more than the five-second “standard” cycle — or by more than one officer at a time.

Some people were even shocked for failing to comply with police commands after they had been incapacitated by a first shock.

In at least six of the cases where people died, Tasers were used on individuals suffering from medical conditions such as seizures — including a doctor who had crashed his car when he suffered an epileptic seizure. He died after being repeatedly shocked at the side of the highway when, dazed and confused, he failed to comply with an officer’s commands.

Police officers also used Tasers on schoolchildren, pregnant women and even an elderly person with dementia.

In March 2008, an 11-year-old girl with a learning disability was shocked with a Taser after she punched a police officer in the face. The officer had been called to the school in Orange County, Florida, after the child had become disturbed, pushing desks and chairs and spitting at staff.

How much electricity does a Taser use?

News reports will often quote the voltage delivered by a Taser — up to 50,000 volts. That sounds like a lot of electricity, but it’s a misleading way of expressing the power a Taser uses.

The Taser X 26 is one type of stun gun used by police forces

The Taser X 26 is one type of stun gun used by police forces

Tasers work by passing electricity through a pair of wires. Weighted barbed hooks at the ends of the wires are propelled toward the target by compressed air.

Tasers are designed to incapacitate a person through up to five centimetres of clothing. Taser International says the electrical pulse is delivered at a high voltage because the electric current has to pass through clothing and air — neither of which is a good conductor of electricity — to make a complete circuit with the target’s skin.

Taser International also says that while its device can deliver up to 50,000 volts, it does not deliver that much voltage to a person’s body. The company says its Advanced Taser M26 delivers an average of 1,500 volts.

As well, the high-voltage pulse of a Taser is said to carry only a small current, typically 0.002 to 0.03 amps.

By comparison, electrical outlets in North America deliver 120 volts of electricity, and the current they carry depends on the appliance that’s plugged into them. A 60-watt light bulb, for example, pulls 0.5 amps, while a toaster pulls about five amps.

It’s possible to suffer a fatal shock from a household electrical socket, at just 120 volts, if enough current passes through the body.

Tests, however, found that some stun guns produced higher-than-advertised current.

The procedures, conducted by U.S.-based lab National Technical Systems, found that 10 per cent of the X26 model Tasers produced more electrical current than the weapons’ specifications.

The human body doesn’t react to a low average current. It reacts to being hit like a ton of bricks by the peak of each pulse. Thus the Taser Device is akin to a machine gun in the way it hits and affects a person.

The Taser device fires a train of 90 to 100 short pulses (1/10,000th of a second) with a long gap between pulses (45/1000th of a second) for each pull of the trigger. This results in an *AVERAGE* current of about .005 amps (or 5 milliamps)… however the instantaneous peak current during each pulse can reach 2 to 3 amps (depending on body resistance).

HVAC (High Voltage Alternating Current) shocks are among the most dangerous electrical shocks a person can receive. They can lock muscles in place and since the heart and diaphram are muscles, they can cause irratic heartbeats and pulminary distress that can last long after the repeated shocks subside. HVAC shocks can also caus such severe muscle contractions as to break bones, crush vertibrae and tear muscle tissue.

In fact, one firing of a Taser device produces enough electrical energy to keep a 100 watt light bulb on for about 30 seconds.

In some cases, the current was up to 50 per cent stronger than specified. The X26 Tasers were manufactured before 2005 and are one of the most commonly used models.

Taser International said scientific errors were made by failing to spark-test the weapons before firing them, a process the company recommends police officers do on a regular basis. But engineers who reviewed the testing protocol said the tests were based on solid practices.

We say BULLSHIT! to Taser international and all the lazy-ass cops who are abusing this power-in-your-pocket. We predict a ban on taser use and will work on exposing this dangerous trend of pocket-policing. Stay tuned.

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2 Comments»

  Robert Dziekanski wrote @

Taser use by the RCMP, and any other police force, should be banned. The RCMP have demonstrated that they are not responsible enough to be trusted.

If Tasers were banned and the RCMP had to subdue Mr. Dziekanski would they have pulled their handguns and shot him because he was holding a stapler? Of course not. Even if they had hit him repeatedly with fists, flashlights or billyclubs would he be dead? Very unlikely. It is clear to everyone who is not a police officer that the police are ill equipped to handle these weapons. It is time the government took these demonstrably lethal weapons out of the police hands before this happens again.

Ban taser use until there is more research to prove their safety. More importantly, if the RCMP officers are going to behave as these four thugs did, we definitely need to send the message that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated.

  Anonymous wrote @

We can complain all we want, but the entire anglo-saxon world is heading towards a police state fast, regardless of what we citizens think or write in these blogs.

Australia is implementing wide-scale internet filtering, soon to be followed by the UK, the US, and Canada. Cameras are going up everywhere, your internet use is being monitored as we speak.

The authorities are now blatantly ignoring the will of the people and negating centuries of progress towards citizen’s rights.

Police now see their role as monitoring and controlling the population, not protecting us from harm.

The police will continue to militarize, the borders will become ever more difficult to cross, and pretty soon we will be asked for everywhere when traveling.

Welcome to the 21st century. George Orwell is spinning in his grave.


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