Another report of a municipal council turning down a breathless request for taser toys. [LINK] & [LINK] (Previous instance was [LINK].)
La Cygne City Police Chief James Dean was asked how many people had died after being tasered, Dean’s response was two. "One had a heart attack, and the other fell backward striking his head on a table."
An utter bald-faced lie. Not even a good one.
Chief Dean, "There are several reasons to justify the request for the taser."
"One, it will help reduce our liability;"
$100M lawsuit [LINK]. Given the latest scientific studies [LINK], tasers will probably attract even more lawyers.
"Two, will possibly prevent injury to the officer  as well as potential injury to a suspect ."
Major study [LINK] casts doubt on these claims:
 We observed no significant change in the rate of serious Officer Injuries after Taser deployment.
 The rate of in-custody sudden death increased 6.4-fold ... and the rate of firearm death increased 2.3-fold ... in the in the first full year after Taser deployment compared with the average rate in the 5 years before deployment.
In Canada, police officer deaths rose in step with increased reliance on tasers. [LINK] Perhaps it was just a coincidence.
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