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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tasers Pose Risks to Heart, a Study Warns

But proponents maintain that the devices — which are used by more than 16,700 law enforcement agencies in 107 countries, said Steve Tuttle, a spokesman for Taser — pose less risk to civilians than firearms and are safer for police officers than physically tackling a suspect. The results of studies of the devices’ safety in humans have been mixed.” (New York Times)

Lowering the perceived cost of police violence all but guarantees more of it.

FEE Timely Classic

First the Taser, Now the ‘Pain Ray’?” by Wendy McElroy